sea island cotton

noun

often capitalized S&I
: a cotton (Gossypium barbadense) with especially long silky fiber

called also sea island

Word History

Etymology

Sea Islands, chain of islands off the southeastern U.S. coast

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sea island cotton was in 1805

Dictionary Entries Near sea island cotton

Cite this Entry

“Sea island cotton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea%20island%20cotton. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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