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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gossypium, genus Gossypiumnoun

    herbs and shrubs and small trees: cotton


  1. gossypium

    Gossypium is a genus of flowering plants in the family Malvaceae, commonly known as cotton. They are native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including the Americas, Africa, and India. These plants are primarily known for producing a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a protective case around the seeds. This fiber is almost pure cellulose and is spun into yarn or thread to create soft, breathable textiles, making cotton one of the world's leading agricultural crops.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gossypiumnoun

    a genus of plants which yield the cotton of the arts. The species are much confused. G. herbaceum is the name given to the common cotton plant, while the long-stapled sea-island cotton is produced by G. Barbadense, a shrubby variety. There are several other kinds besides these

  2. Etymology: [NL., fr. L. gossypion, gossipion.]


  1. Gossypium

    Gossypium is the cotton genus. It belongs to the tribe Gossypieae, in the mallow family, Malvaceae, native to the tropical and subtropical regions from both the Old and New World. The genus Gossypium comprises around 50 species, making it the largest in species number in the tribe Gossypioieae. New species continue to be discovered. The name of the genus is derived from the Arabic word goz, which refers to a soft substance. Cotton is the primary natural fibre used by modern humans. Cultivated cotton is also a major oilseed crop, as well as a main protein source for animal feed. Cotton plants thus have an enormous weight in the world economy and are of great importance for the agriculture, industry and trade of many tropical and subtropical countries in Africa, South America and Asia. Consequently, the genus Gossypium has long attracted the attention of scientists. The origin of the genus Gossypium is dated to around 5-10 million years ago. Gossypium species are distributed in arid to semiarid regions of the tropics and subtropics. Generally shrubs or shrub-like plants, the species of this genus are extraordinarily diverse in morphology and adaptation, ranging from fire-adapted, herbaceous perennials in Australia to trees in Mexico.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gossypium

    go-sip′i-um, n. a malvaceous genus of herbs and shrubs, native to the tropics, yielding the cotton of commerce. [L. gossypion.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Gossypium

    A plant genus of the family MALVACEAE. It is the source of COTTON FIBER; COTTONSEED OIL, which is used for cooking, and GOSSYPOL. The economically important cotton crop is a major user of agricultural PESTICIDES.

Editors Contribution

  1. gossypium

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    The gossypium plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including the Americas, Africa, and India and produces cotton.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gossypium in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gossypium in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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