<botany> Any of the cultivated varieties of gossypium, herbs or shrubs of the malvaceae family that yield fibre for textiles and absorbent dressings, oil from seeds, and various chemicals.

The fibres cause byssinosis if inhaled over a period. Gossypol is a male anti-fertility agent from cottonseed oil.

(12 Dec 1998)

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