• WordNet 3.6
    • n cottonwood American basswood of the Allegheny region
    • n cottonwood any of several North American trees of the genus Populus having a tuft of cottony hairs on the seed
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A Large Cottonwood A Large Cottonwood
Cottonwood Cottonwood

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cottonwood (Bot) An American tree of the genus Populus or poplar, having the seeds covered with abundant cottonlike hairs; esp., the Populus monilifera and Populus angustifolia of the Western United States.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cottonwood The name of several species of the genus Populus the United States, from the light cottony tuft at the base of the numerous small seeds. The common eastern species are P. monilifera and the swamp- or river-cottonwood, P. heterophylla. West of the Rocky Mountains the cottonwoods are P. angustifolia, P. Fremontii, and P. trichocarpa. The wood is very light, soft, and close-grained, liable to warp and difficult to season, but largely used in the manufacture of paper-pulp, and for barrels, packing-cases. woodenware, etc. Cross-sections of the trunk of P. monilifera are used as polishing-wheels in glass-grinding.
    • n cottonwood In Australia, a tree of the aster family, Bedfordia salicina: so called from the cottony under-surface of the leaves, or its hard, brownish, mottled wood. Called dogwood and honeywood in Tasmania.
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In literature:

Why are all the trees out here those tall cottonwoods?
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
He climbed into a fork of one of the cottonwoods and used his glasses once more.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
Cottonwood trees surrounded the house, and around the spring grew a little peach orchard.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
We'd come back an' git him an' we'll make a place fo' him under our big cottonwoods below the big spring.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
In different places along the great cottonwood dugout they added such supplies as Moise thought was right.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Poplar, Cottonwood, 125; in winter, *126.
"Getting Acquainted with the Trees" by J. Horace McFarland
They were gathered under the cottonwood trees, not far from the bank of the Columbia.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
The poor devils were under guard beneath some cottonwoods in their camp.
"Frontier service during the rebellion" by George H. Pettis
There was no moon and the very winds seemed to have hushed their whispers in the cottonwoods.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
The teacher picked up a long cottonwood stick and pointed it first at the man and then at the dog.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates

In poetry:

No bird sings — but a grasshopper's wings
Snap in the meadow.
On the rim of the hill the cottonwoods spill
Stagnant puddles of shadow; and still —
The air is quick with a subtle thrill!
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Ragged and grim on the parched hill-rim,
The cottonwoods sulk in gray:
The guiding word of the plowman is heard
A dream-thralled mile away — half blurred,
Wounding the calm as a blunted sword.
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Where the violet shadows brood
Under cottonwoods and beeches,
Through whose leaves the restless reaches
Of the river glance, I've stood,
While the red-bird and the thrush
Set to song the morning hush.
"Along The Stream" by Madison Julius Cawein
A cool, fresh puff! The meadows are rough,
The cottonwoods whiten and whisper together!
The plowman at gaze, knee-deep in the maize,
Judges the weather. A plow-horse neighs,
Faint and clear as a horn of the fays.
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Hark — at last — the burst of the blast —
The roar of the charge and howls of defiance!
The cottonwoods, grim on the bleared hill-rim,
Grapple with giants weird and dim —
Titan torses, pedisonant horses —
Gods and demons and seraphim!
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt

In news:

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Police questioned two boys accused of firing an airsoft gun at passing vehicles Thursday.
Marion City Council approved a contract with Wilson and Company Inc Engineers and Architects to conduct engineering services for Cottonwood Valley River levee.
Migrating birds find plentiful resources in Cottonwood County.
Harder Lake Waterfowl Production Area in Cottonwood County photo by Rob Baden, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Cottonwood and area history continued.
View of tornado near Ferdinand from the south (east of Cottonwood).
Approximately 5 cords of cured firewood - juniper, yellow pine, cottonwood, and cedar.
Century Downtown, Century Rio, Cottonwood, Four Hills, High Ridge, Winrock.
The Old Town Mission in Cottonwood plans to power up its new refrigerated storage container when infrastructure is ready.
Davis' Gage Cook talks win over Cottonwood (VIDEO).
Davis football prevailed Thurday night in a wacky, turnover-filled 23-12 win over Cottonwood.
Lately, I've been seeing cottonwoods and other trees shedding leaves as if it were autumn.
The Cottonwood resident had to leave the islands nearly a decade ago because her husband needed to get away from the particulates thrown into the air by the volcanoes that are seemingly always erupting.
Students of the Kauri Sue Hamilton School ice skate with Skyline High School students at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012.
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — A man who apparently didn't believe the Cottonwood Heights Police Department was attending to him quick enough was arrested for allegedly calling in a bomb threat — from the lobby of the police station.