Cotton vs Cottonlike - What's the difference?

cotton | cottonlike |

As a proper noun cotton

is the name of several settlements around the world or cotton can be .

As an adjective cottonlike is

resembling cotton.




Etymology 1

(etyl) cotoun, from (etyl) cotun, (etyl) coton, from (Genoese) (etyl) cotone, from (Egyptian) (etyl) , possibly originally from (etyl). Cognate to Dutch katoen, German Kattun, Italian cotone, Spanish


  • A plant that encases its seed in a thin fiber that is harvested and used as a fabric or cloth.
  • Gossypium , a genus of plant used as a source of cotton fiber.
  • (textiles) The textile made from the fiber harvested from the cotton plant.
  • (countable) An item of clothing made from cotton.
  • Derived terms
    * cotton candy * cottongrass * cotton pad * cotton picker * cottonseed * cotton stripper * cotton wool * cotton gin * cotton card * cotton blend


  • Made of cotton.
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    Etymology 2

    1560s, either from (etyl) cydun, , literally “to be at one with”, or by metaphor with the textile, as cotton blended well with other textiles, notably wool in hat-making. Take Our Word For It: Issue 178, page 2]Folk-etymology: a dictionary of verbal corruptions or words perverted in form or meaning, by false derivation or mistaken analogy, Abram Smythe Palmer, G. Bell and Sons, 1882, [ p. 76


    (en verb)
  • To get on with someone or something; to have a good relationship with someone.
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  • Usage notes
    Generally used with prepositions on, to; see cotton on, cotton to.
    Derived terms
    * cotton on * cotton to




    (en adjective)
  • Resembling cotton.