from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several North American poplar trees, especially Populus deltoides, which has triangular leaves and a tuft of cottony hairs on the seeds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A number of species of tree in the genus Populus (poplars), typically growing along watercourses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several North American trees of the genus Populus having a tuft of cottony hairs on the seed
- n. American basswood of the Allegheny region
Dry inner bark from a cottonwood is tje best tinder.
For it is a "cottonwood" -- a species not found elsewhere upon the same plain; its seed no doubt transported thither by some straying bird.
This cottonwood, which is now in fruit, is of a different species from any in
The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California To which is Added a Description of the Physical Geography of California, with Recent Notices of the Gold Region from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources
Often they are made to look extra mean by a noble "cottonwood," or
CPT BRAD regarding the public lashings, my wife often says that its a good thing that I am not a judge otherwise the limbs on the cottonwood trees down by the creek would be worn out from public hangings.
He propped two cottonwood branches against the outhouse to make it stand straight.
Lots of the old cottonwood trees in the West are hollow and could easily hold a gun that long.
A boy on an idle Saturday, playing a solitary game of mumblety-peg in the shade of a cottonwood.
In this dry year, the cottonwood leaves linger late in December.
Moose Head is a small guest ranch which accommodates 40-45 guests in 13 cabins scattered among cottonwood, aspen, spruce, and pine.