Gos*syp"i*um (?), n. [NL., fr. L. gossypion, gossipion.] Bot.
A genus of plants which yield the cotton of the arts. The species are much confused. G. herbaceum is the name given to the common cotton plant, while the long-stapled sea-island cotton is produced by G. Barbadense, a shrubby variety. There are several other kinds besides these.
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