cotton wool

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cotton wool

n.
1. Cotton in its natural or raw state.
2. Chiefly British A cotton ball or a wad of cotton.

cotton wool

n
1. (Textiles) chiefly Also called: purified cotton Brit bleached and sterilized cotton from which the gross impurities, such as the seeds and waxy matter, have been removed: used for surgical dressings, tampons, etc. Usual US term: absorbent cotton
2. (Textiles) cotton in the natural state
3. informal
a. a state of pampered comfort and protection
b. (as modifier): a cotton-wool existence.

cot′ton wool′


n.
cotton in its raw state.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cotton wool - soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw statecotton wool - soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state
cotton - fabric woven from cotton fibers
cushioning, padding - artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
absorbent cotton - cotton made absorbent by removal of the natural wax
long-staple cotton - cotton with relatively long fibers
short-staple cotton - cotton with relatively short fibers
plant fiber, plant fibre - fiber derived from plants
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