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Rather than leaving the boll on the plant (see Boll) and picking the cotton fiber after the boll fully opened, cotton stripping pulls the bolls, both opened and unopened, from the cotton stalks. The cotton is then separated from the Boll (seedpod) during the ginning operation (see gin). The implement for doing the stripping is called a cotton stripper. Some were basically sleds (see Cotton sled), but others were wheeled contrivances that were the forerunners of cotton-picking machines.
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