See also: Cottonwood

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the seeds of a cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Narrowleaf cottonwoods, Populus angustifolia

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cotton +‎ wood

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cottonwood (plural cottonwoods)

  1. A tree from one of number of species of tree in the genus Populus (poplars), typically growing along watercourses, with fluffy catkins.
  2. Populus sect. Aigeiros, a taxonomic section of the poplar genus
  3. A cottonwood hibiscus (Talipariti tiliaceum, syn. Hibiscus tiliaceus), a flowering shrub or tree in the mallow family.
  4. A tree of species Ceiba pentandra, native to the American tropics and west Africa; silk-cotton tree.
    • 1912, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World [], London, New York, N.Y.: Hodder and Stoughton, →OCLC:
      There is no break in the trees. That is the wonder and the mystery of it. There where you see light-green rushes instead of dark-green undergrowth, there between the great cotton woods, that is my private gate into the unknown.

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