Definition of cotton wool in English:

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cotton wool

Pronunciation: /ˌkätn ˈwo͝ol/


1US Raw cotton.
2 British term for absorbent cotton.
Example sentences
  • Play with different textures - have a box of different fabrics, such as towelling, velvet, cotton wool, a clean feather and so on.
  • Wash your eye with tepid water, using a clean piece of cotton wool or gauze for each wipe.
  • To get make-up to last for several hours, apply foundation and use a puff or clean cotton wool pad to press powder in.

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Syllabification: cot·ton wool

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