Poplar tree buds opening in spring, to show their silky white hairs.Other images in:

Gossypium herbaceum

Mian Hua Gen, Karpasa, Levant cotton
Cotton (Wiktionary)


Etymology 1

Middle English cotoun, from Anglo-Norman cotun, Old French coton, from (Genoese) Old Italian cotone, from Arabic قُطُن(quṭun), of uncertain origin. There is no apparent semantic link between the Arabic word and the root ق ط ن(q-ṭ-n), leading to suggestions that it is a corruption of another word, such as كَتّان(kattān, flax) or (more distant phonologically) جَفْنَة(jafna, vine). Cognate to Dutch

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