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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cocoon  \Co*coon"\,  n.  [F.  cocon,  dim.  of  coque  shell  of  egge  and 
  insects,  fr  L.  concha  mussel  shell.  See  {Conch}.] 
  1.  An  oblong  case  in  which  the  silkworm  lies  in  its  chrysalis 
  state.  It  is  formed  of  threads  of  silk  spun  by  the  worm 
  just  before  leaving  the  larval  state.  From  these  the  silk 
  of  commerce  is  prepared. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  case  constructed  by  any  insect  to  contain  its 
  larva  or  pupa. 
  b  The  case  of  silk  made  by  spiders  to  protect  their 
  eggs. 
  c  The  egg  cases  of  mucus,  etc.,  made  by  leeches  and 
  other  worms. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cocoon 
  n  :  silky  envelope  spun  by  the  larvae  of  many  insects  to  protect 
  pupas  and  by  spiders  to  protect  eggs 
  v  :  wrap  in  or  as  if  in  a  cocoon 




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