wild cotton


Definition of wild cotton

  1. 1 :  cotton grass

  2. 2a :  a shrubby herb (Gossypium thurberi) of southern Arizona and Mexico b :  any of various cultivated cottons that have escaped and established themselves in subtropical or tropical areas

  3. 3 :  any of several plants of the genera Abutilon and Hibiscus (especially H. moscheutos)

  4. 4 Australia :  any of various milkweeds; especially :  either of two milkweeds (Asclepias fruticosa and A. physocarpa) that have been introduced into Australia from South Africa and are poisonous to cattle

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