a silky case spun by the larvae of many insects for protection as pupae.• a similar structure made by other animals.• a covering that prevents the corrosion of metal equipment.• something that envelops or surrounds, esp. in a protective or comforting way : thecocoon of her kimono | figurative a warmcocoon of love.
verb [ trans. ] (usu. be cocooned)
envelop or surround in a protective or comforting way : we began to feel cold even though we were cocooned in our sleeping bags.• spray with a protective coating.• [ intrans. ] retreat from the stressful conditions of public life into the cozy private world of the family : the movers and shakers are now cocooning.
DERIVATIVEScocooner noun (in the last sense of theverb).ORIGIN late 17th cent.: from French cocon, from medieval Provençal coucoun ‘eggshell, cocoon,’ diminutive of coca ‘shell.’ The verb dates from the mid 19th cent.
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