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Definitions of cocoon

  1. wrap in or as if in a cocoon Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects to protect pupas and by spiders to protect eggs Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. wrap in or as if in a cocoon, as for protection Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. retreat as if into a cocoon, as from an unfriendly environment; "Families cocoon around the T.V. set most evenings"; "She loves to stay at home and cocoon" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. An oblong case in which the silkworm lies in its chrysalis state. It is formed of threads of silk spun by the worm just before leaving the larval state. From these the silk of commerce is prepared. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The case constructed by any insect to contain its larva or pupa. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The case of silk made by spiders to protect their eggs. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The egg cases of mucus, etc., made by leeches and other worms. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The silky case which covers the eggs of many spinning insects until they are hatched. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. The egg-shaped shell or covering which the larvae of silkworms and some other insects spin. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Filamentous case spun by silk-worms and various larvae. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. The envelop in which larvae, as of silkworms, are enclosed in the chrysalis state. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The covering which the larvae of certain insects, such as the silkworm, spin for their protection in their chrysalis state. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. The round silky case in which the silk-worm and many other larvae envelop themselves. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. The protective case of many larval forms before they become pupae; the covering formed by many animals for their eggs. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  16. [French] The protective case of many larval forms before they become pupae; silky or other covering formed by many animals for their eggs. na
  17. ko-k[=oo]n', n. the silken sheath spun by the larvæ of many insects in passing into the pupa or resting stage.--n. COCOON'ERY, a place for keeping silkworms when feeding and spinning cocoons. [Fr. cocon, from coque, a shell--L. concha, a shell.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. Silky case spun by larva to protect it as chrysalis, esp. that of silkworm, whence cocoonery n.; similar structure made by other animals; (vb) form, wrap (oneself, thing &c.) in, c. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  19. [Fr.] The chitinous capsules containing the eggs of leeches and earthworms. See Chitine. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  20. [Fr.] The silky covering of the pupa of many insects, and of the eggs of spiders. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  21. n. [French] [Latin] An oblong case in which the silk-worm lies in its chrysalis state; —the case constructed by any insect to contain its larva. Cabinet Dictionary

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