cocoon definition

  • noun:
    • A protective case of silk or similar fibrous material spun by the larvae of moths and other insects that serves as a covering for his or her pupal phase.
    • A similar normal defensive covering or structure, like the egg case of a spider.
    • A protective plastic finish that is put over stored armed forces or naval gear.
    • Something suggestive of a cocoon in appearance or purpose: "a congressionally mandated process that will gradually strip these institutions of a cocoon of regulations” ( Edward Meadows).
    • The silky safety situation spun by the larvae of some insects and moths in which they metamorphose, the pupa.
    • Any similar safety instance, whether real or metaphorical.
    • An oblong situation where the silkworm is based on its chrysalis condition. It is formed of threads of silk spun by the worm right before making the larval condition. From the the silk of trade is prepared.
    • the scenario constructed by any insect to consist of its larva or pupa.
    • the situation of silk made by spiders to protect their particular eggs.
    • The egg cases of mucus, etc., created by leeches alongside worms.
    • The silky muscle or envelop that your larvæ of many pests spin as a covering for themselves as they come in the chrysalis state. The cocoon associated with silkworm is a familiar example. See cut under Bombyx.
    • The silken instance in which many spiders inclose their particular eggs.
    • generally speaking, an egg-case, including is from various creatures.
    • The South African bastard wildebeest or brindled gnu, Catoblepas gorgon. Dallas.
    • silky envelope spun because of the larvae of many bugs to guard pupas and by spiders to safeguard eggs
  • verb-transitive:
    • To envelop in or as though in a cocoon, for protection from a harsh or unfriendly environment.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To escape just as if into a cocoon, in terms of protection from a harsh or unfriendly environment.
  • verb:
    • To envelop in a protective case, or to withdraw into these types of an incident.
    • refuge as if into a cocoon, since from an unfriendly environment
    • place in or just as if in a cocoon, as for defense
  • others:
    • To form a cocoon.
    • To cover like in a cocoon.

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