Word of the Day: COCOON

The word for today is: COCOON.

MEANING:

  • A covering usually made of silk which some insects (such as caterpillars) make around themselves to protect them while they grow.
  • Something that covers or protects a person or thing.
  • To cover or protect (someone or something) completely.
  • To spend time at home instead of going out for other activities.
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EXAMPLES:

  • The child was wrapped in a cocoon of blankets.
  • The celebrity was surrounded by a protective cocoon of bodyguards.
  • Nigerians are spending more time cocooning at home in recent years.
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SYNONYMS:

  • Armor, case, cover, covering.
  • Bosom, bower, circumfuse, enfold, embosom, embower, embrace, enclose (also inclose), encompass, enshroud, enswathe, envelop, enwrap, invest, involve, lap, mantle, muffle, shroud, swathe, veil, wrap.
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ANTONYMS:

  • None

HISTORY:

  • Origin is French “cocon”, from “Occitan coucoun”.
  • Also from Latin “coccum kermes” (thought to be a gall or berry).
  • Its first usage was recorded 1679.

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