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Any of various plants having cottony down, as some species of the genus Froelichia.
1. (Plants) a downy perennial plant, Otanthus maritimus, of European coastal regions, having small yellow flowers surrounded by large hairy bracts: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. (Plants) any of various similar plants
any of various wild plants with a hoary down on the leaves and stems.
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|Noun||1.||cottonweed - an American everlasting having foliage with soft wooly hairs and corymbose heads with pearly white bracts|
everlasting, everlasting flower - any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
|2.||cottonweed - any of various plants of the genus Froelichia found in sandy soils and on rocky slopes in warmer regions of America; grown for their spikes of woolly white flowers|
Froelichia, genus Froelichia - genus of erect or procumbent herbs of the Americas having spikes of woolly white flowers: cottonweed