co|coon


co|coon
co|coon «kuh KOON», noun, verb.
–n.
1. the silky case spun by caterpillars to live in while they are turning into adult insects. Silk is obtained from the cocoons of silkworms: »

In the spring a moth came out of the cocoon the caterpillar had spun.Figurative. The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts (James Russell Lowell).

2. any similar protective covering, such as the egg case of a spider or a plastic covering laid or sprayed over stored machinery.
3. a protective, usually soothing, environment: »

Hordes of obsequious aides were needed to maintain the royal cocoon.

–v.t.
to wrap or enclose in a cocoon; encase: »

Figurative. ... equipment…cocooned for storage (London Times). The baby was cocooned in blankets beyond recognition (New Yorker).

–v.i.
to withdraw or retreat to a protected environment; surround oneself with comfort.
[< French cocon < coque shell, husk]

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