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co·coon

 (kə-ko͞on′)
n.
1.
a. A protective case of silk or similar fibrous material spun by the larvae of moths and certain other insects as a cover for the pupa.
b. A similar natural protective covering or structure, such as the egg case of a spider.
2. A protective plastic coating that is placed over stored military or naval equipment.
3. Something that envelops, protects, or isolates: "a star hidden in a cocoon of dust" (Freeman Dyson)."Actors live in a cocoon of praise. They never meet people who don't like them" (Robert Morley).
v. co·cooned, co·coon·ing, co·coons
v.tr.
1. To envelop (an insect) in a cocoon.
2. To wrap in a blanket or other covering.
3. To cause to be isolated or protected from harsh, dangerous, or disturbing realities; insulate.
v.intr.
To be isolated or protected from harsh, dangerous, or disturbing realities, especially by remaining indoors at home in one's free time.

[French cocon, from Provençal coucoun, diminutive of coco, shell, from Late Latin coccum, from Latin, berry, oak gall, from Greek kokkos, seed, berry.]

cocoon

(kəˈkuːn)
n
1. (Zoology)
a. a silky protective envelope secreted by silkworms and certain other insect larvae, in which the pupae develop
b. a similar covering for the eggs of the spider, earthworm, etc
2. (General Engineering) a protective spray covering used as a seal on machinery
3. a cosy warm covering
vb
(tr) to wrap in a cocoon
[C17: from French cocon, from Provençal coucoun eggshell, from coco shell, from Latin coccum kermes berry, from Greek kokkos grain, seed, berry; compare coccus]

co•coon

(kəˈkun)

n.
1. the silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects, as silkworms, serving as a covering while they are in the pupal stage.
2. a similar protective covering in nature, as the silky case in which certain spiders enclose their eggs.
3. a protective covering, usu. of polyvinyl chloride, sprayed over machinery, a ship's guns, etc., to provide an airtight seal and prevent rust.
4. any wrapping or enclosure resembling a cocoon.
v.i.
5. to produce a cocoon.
v.t.
6. to wrap or enclose in or as if in a cocoon.
7. to spray (machinery, guns, etc.) with a protective covering of polyvinyl chloride or the like.
[1690–1700; < French cocon < Occitan coucoun eggshell <coco shell (< Latin coccum berry; see coccus)]

co·coon

(kə-ko͞on′)
1. A case or covering of silky strands spun by an insect larva and inhabited for protection during its pupal stage.
2. A similar protective structure, such as the egg cases made by spiders or earthworms.

cocoon


Past participle: cocooned
Gerund: cocooning

Imperative
cocoon
cocoon
Present
I cocoon
you cocoon
he/she/it cocoons
we cocoon
you cocoon
they cocoon
Preterite
I cocooned
you cocooned
he/she/it cocooned
we cocooned
you cocooned
they cocooned
Present Continuous
I am cocooning
you are cocooning
he/she/it is cocooning
we are cocooning
you are cocooning
they are cocooning
Present Perfect
I have cocooned
you have cocooned
he/she/it has cocooned
we have cocooned
you have cocooned
they have cocooned
Past Continuous
I was cocooning
you were cocooning
he/she/it was cocooning
we were cocooning
you were cocooning
they were cocooning
Past Perfect
I had cocooned
you had cocooned
he/she/it had cocooned
we had cocooned
you had cocooned
they had cocooned
Future
I will cocoon
you will cocoon
he/she/it will cocoon
we will cocoon
you will cocoon
they will cocoon
Future Perfect
I will have cocooned
you will have cocooned
he/she/it will have cocooned
we will have cocooned
you will have cocooned
they will have cocooned
Future Continuous
I will be cocooning
you will be cocooning
he/she/it will be cocooning
we will be cocooning
you will be cocooning
they will be cocooning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cocooning
you have been cocooning
he/she/it has been cocooning
we have been cocooning
you have been cocooning
they have been cocooning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cocooning
you will have been cocooning
he/she/it will have been cocooning
we will have been cocooning
you will have been cocooning
they will have been cocooning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cocooning
you had been cocooning
he/she/it had been cocooning
we had been cocooning
you had been cocooning
they had been cocooning
Conditional
I would cocoon
you would cocoon
he/she/it would cocoon
we would cocoon
you would cocoon
they would cocoon
Past Conditional
I would have cocooned
you would have cocooned
he/she/it would have cocooned
we would have cocooned
you would have cocooned
they would have cocooned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cocoon - silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects to protect pupas and by spiders to protect eggscocoon - silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects to protect pupas and by spiders to protect eggs
natural object - an object occurring naturally; not made by man
Verb1.cocoon - retreat as if into a cocoon, as from an unfriendly environment; "Families cocoon around the T.V. set most evenings"; "She loves to stay at home and cocoon"
retreat - move away, as for privacy; "The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"
2.cocoon - wrap in or as if in a cocoon, as for protection
enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap - enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering; "Fog enveloped the house"

cocoon

verb
1. wrap, swathe, envelop, swaddle, pad She lay on the sofa, cocooned in blankets.
2. protect, shelter, cushion, insulate, screen I was cocooned in my own safe little world.
Translations
شَرْنَقَةُ الحَرير
kuklakokon
kokonpuppe
selyemgubóbábgubó
lirfuhÿîi
kokonas
kokons
kokón

cocoon

[kəˈkuːn]
A. Ncapullo m
B. VTenvolver

cocoon

[kəˈkuːn]
n
[insect] → cocon m
(fig)cocon m
vt
[+ person, baby] (= wrap) → emmitoufler
(fig) to be cocooned from sth → être à l'abri de qch

cocoon

nKokon m; (fig, of scarves, blankets etc) → Hülle f; the old warships were put in cocoonsdie alten Kriegsschiffe wurden mit Planen abgedeckt
vteinhüllen; ship etcabdecken; she looks well cocooned against the windsie ist gut gegen den Wind eingemummt

cocoon

[kəˈkuːn] nbozzolo

cocoon

(kəˈkuːn) noun
a silk covering spun by many insect larvae, and in which they live while turning into butterflies.
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