1. [syn: Gossypium, genus Gossypium]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gossypium \Gos*syp"i*um\, n. [NL., fr. L. gossypion, gossipion.]
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: herbs and shrubs and small trees: cotton [syn: Gossypium,