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Cacoon vs. Cocoon

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Cacoonnoun

The bean-like seed of a tropical vine (Entada rheedei), used as a hallucinogen and in traditional medicine, and made into jewelry.

Cocoonnoun

The silky protective case spun by the larvae of some insects and moths in which they metamorphose, the pupa.

Cacoonnoun

One of the seeds or large beans of a tropical vine (Entada scandens) used for making purses, scent bottles, etc.

Cocoonnoun

Any similar protective case, whether real or metaphorical.

Cocoonverb

(transitive) To envelop in a protective case

Cocoonverb

(intransitive) To withdraw into such a case.

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Cocoonnoun

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.

Cocoonnoun

The case constructed by any insect to contain its larva or pupa.

Cocoonnoun

silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects to protect pupas and by spiders to protect eggs

Cocoonverb

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’;

Cocoonverb

wrap in or as if in a cocoon, as for protection

Cocoonnoun

a 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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Cocoonnoun

something that envelops someone in a protective or comforting way

‘a warm cocoon of love’; ‘a cocoon of bedclothes’;

Cocoonnoun

a covering that prevents the corrosion of metal equipment.

Cocoonverb

envelop in a protective or comforting way

‘we felt cold even though we were cocooned in our sleeping bags’; ‘we remain cocooned in our own little world of fantasies’;

Cocoonverb

retreat from the stressful conditions of public life into the cosy private world of the family

‘Americans are spending more time cocooning at home’;

Cocoonverb

spray with a protective coating.

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