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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
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.
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.]
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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
(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]
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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)]
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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.
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Past participle: cocooned
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|Noun||1.||cocoon - 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
|Verb||1.||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|
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n → Kokon m; (fig, of scarves, blankets etc) → Hülle f; the old warships were put in cocoons → die alten Kriegsschiffe wurden mit Planen abgedeckt
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cocoon[kəˈkuːn] n → bozzolo
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a silk covering spun by many insect larvae, and in which they live while turning into butterflies. kokon, papie شَرْنَقَةُ الحَرير каквида casulo kukla, kokon der Kokon puppe; kokon κουκούλιcapullo kookon پیله kotelokoppa cocon פְּקַעַת שֶל תוֹלָעַת कोया svilčeva čahura selyemgubó kepompong lirfuhÿði bozzolo まゆ (곤충의) 고치 kokonas kokons kokun popkokong, hylster kokon دوريښمو دچنجو غوزه casulo cocon кокон kokón zapredek lutka kokong รังไหมดิบ koza 繭 кокон اپریشم کا کویا cái kén 茧
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