1a : an envelope often largely of silk which an insect larva forms about itself & in which it passes the pupa stage

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2a : something suggesting a cocoon especially in providing protection or in producing isolation wrapped in a cocoon of blankets an interest in the world beyond the everyday cocoon most of us construct— Peter Mayle

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Since at least 1679, English speakers have been using the noun "cocoon" for the silky covering that surrounds a caterpillar or other insect larva in the pupa stage of metamorphosis. The word came inlớn English from French, which in turn borrowed it from an Occitan term for "eggshell." Linguists believe the Occichảy term was probably born of the Latin coccum, a noun that has been translated as "kermes," the dried bodies of some insects that can be found on certain trees. The verb "cocoon" has been with us since at least 1881.

Noun The child was wrapped in a cocoon of blankets. The movie star was surrounded by a protective sầu cocoon of bodyguards. Verb Americans are spending more time cocooning at home in recent years. cocooned in puffy down parkas, we braved the bitter cold as best we could

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For now, at least, oto dealers across the country report seeing new customers who want the safety of riding in their own cocoon. — Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "For the tự động industry, the pandemic changed everything," 12 Mar. 2021 The image of the butterfly unfolding from its cocoon fit the theme of welcome change, Downtown Manager Joy Press of the Downtown Manchester Special Services District said Thursday. — Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester seeking butterfly art to lớn be displayed downtown as a visual symbol of hope," 5 Mar. 2021 Depending on the color and room where it"s used, monochromatic decor can exhibit distinctive personality, create a serene atmosphere, or provide a cozy, cocoon-lượt thích feeling. — Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Monochromatic Designs Are the Lademo Màu sắc Trover We Can"t Wait to Try in Our Homes," 4 Mar. 2021 There, a full-size bed và a few blankets created a cozy cocoon that had cradled us in a deep sleep until after 10 that morning — the lathử nghiệm either of us had slept in a long time. — Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Viking cabin is a cozy retreat in the U.P.., cthua kém to lớn Marquette và Pictured Rocks," 4 Mar. 2021 For true fashion nerds, each of these runway moments reflect several of the top trends of the fall 2020 & spring 2021 seasons, including cocoon shapes, elevated loungewear, and mix-and-match layering. — Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "5 Runway-Inspired Looks khổng lồ Liven Up Your Couch-Bound New Year’s Eve Style," 26 Dec. 20đôi mươi The women’s fancy shawl dance represents the opening of a cocoon when the butterfly emerges. — Savero Avila, ajc, "Georgia woodworker turns logs into beautiful creations," 23 Jan. 2021 The esports world rolls along, isolated in the cocoon of the Internet, almost as if nothing in the world has changed. — Globe Staff,, "Even during a pandemic, the esports world rolls on," 18 Atruyền thông quảng cáo. 20trăng tròn Mensah noticeably struggled away from the cocoon of Viejas Aremãng cầu as a freshman, his only full season of college basketball, và the numbers reflected that. — Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 thoughts (& a bonus): Aztecs 80, Arizomãng cầu State 68 ... Mensah, the zone, Coach K and a CBS game," 11 Dec. 20trăng tròn Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The idea of using lipid nanoparticles khổng lồ cocoon a genetic payload for release inlớn human cells has been pursued by researchers at the University of British Columbia since the mid-1990s. — Washington Post, "Why grandparents can’t find vaccines: Scarthành phố of nibịt biotech ingredients," 18 Feb. 2021 Modification of the mRNA building blocks and development of the particles that can cocoon it relatively safely have sầu helped the mRNA vaccine candidates. — Sanjay Mishra, The Conversation, "How mRNA vaccines from Pfizer & Modermãng cầu work, why they’re a breakthrough và why they need to lớn be kept so cold," 18 Nov. 20đôi mươi Being French, there"s a version for more intimate dining, of course: a dome that cocoons its occupants in lãng mạn isolation from the rest of the room. — Thomas Adamson And Oleg Cetinic, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bubbles and teddy bears: dining out in a pandemic," 28 May 20đôi mươi The balloons peeled baông chồng, but the slime maintained its shape as if it were still cocooned by the balloon. — Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronauts experimented with Nickelodeon"s slime in space," 13 May 20trăng tròn No one should feel sympathy for Air Jordan, perpetually cocooned in the Ritz Carlton. — Paul Daugherty,, "Doc"s Morning Line: I guess we pick and choose what we get self-righteous about," 11 May 20trăng tròn Under one scenario, people who have sầu already become increasingly accustomed khổng lồ cocooning at home with various streaming services might slide farther along those lines, faster, going forward. — Brian Lowry, CNN, "The movie-TV line blurs further as coronavi khuẩn impacts how we watch entertainment," 18 Mar. 2020 Living in a recreational vehicle might seem lượt thích the ikhuyễn mãi giảm giá way khổng lồ ride out a pandemic—cocooned in your own aluminum box & không tính phí to wander. — James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Virus Maroons Some Recreational-Vehicle Nomads," 19 Aquảng bá. 20trăng tròn No limes for seven years, for the athlete-lepers cocooned on Coronaville. — Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Non-stop flights now leaving for Coronaville. Are you onboard?," 7 Aquảng cáo. 20trăng tròn

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First Known Use of cocoon


1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1881, in the meaning defined above

History & Etymology for cocoon


French cocon, from Occichảy coucoun, from coco shell, probably ultimately from Latin coccum kermes (thought khổng lồ be a gall or berry), from Greek kokkos berry, kermes

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