Definition of cocoon in English:

cocoon

Line breaks: co¦coon
Pronunciation: /kəˈkuːn
 
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noun

1A silky case spun by the larvae of many insects for protection as pupae: the moth emerged from its pale yellow papery cocoon
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  • In Nest 1, the oldest cells held mature larvae ready to spin cocoons and medium-sized larvae.
  • Moths such as the luna and polyphemus spend the winter months as pupae in leaf-wrapped cocoons.
  • I saw a spider's web and an insect larva beginning to spin a cocoon.
1.1Something that envelops someone in a protective or comforting way: a cocoon of bedclothes figurative a warm cocoon of love
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  • I wanted my children to have security and a cocoon of love.
  • She woke to a blissfully comfortable state, smothered in a cocoon of feathery soft blankets.
  • He snapped it shut, closing me in a cocoon of darkness.
2A covering that prevents the corrosion of metal equipment.

verb

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1Envelop in a protective or comforting way: we felt cold even though we were cocooned in our sleeping bags figurative we remain cocooned in our own little world of fantasies
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  • ‘It is difficult starting up any new business, particularly if you have been cocooned in a comfortable corporate lifestyle,’ he said.
  • We keep a look out for friends' boats and chat to lock-keepers but for most of the time we're cocooned in our comfortable, private world.
  • She allowed herself to be cocooned in the warm swaddling cloth of his borrowed shirt, feeling, for once, safe and warm and almost invincible.
Synonyms
wrap, swathe, bundle up, swaddle, sheathe, muffle, pad, cloak, enfold, envelop, surround, encase, enclose, cover, fold, wind
literary lap
protect, keep safe, keep from harm, safeguard, shield, defend, shelter, screen, look after, take care of, care for, cushion, insulate, isolate, cloister
1.1 [no object] North American Retreat from the stressful conditions of public life into the cosy private world of the family: Americans are spending more time cocooning at home
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  • The parties went on and when not socializing he cocooned more and more with his family.
  • Instead of leading the country to an exciting new reality, they cocoon in a scary, paranoid, regressive reality.
  • Trendwatchers say people are cocooning and spending more time at home, perhaps because of current events.
2Spray with a protective coating.

Origin

late 17th century: from French cocon, from medieval Provençal coucoun 'eggshell, cocoon', diminutive of coca 'shell'. The verb dates from the mid 19th century.

Derivatives

cocooner

noun
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  • We send it to interested cocooners who wish to be informed about new products available on the web.
  • We have became cocooners and have put a lot of emphasis on our homes in the past few years.
  • With the latest death count from the earthquake/tsunami passing 52,000, even a normally ethnocentric cocooner like me can't help but be moved to action.

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