Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in
a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the
genus Gossypium. The plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical
regions around the world, including the Americas, Africa, India, and
Pakistan. The fiber most often is spun into yarn or thread and used to
make a soft, breathable textile, which is the most widely used
natural-fiber cloth in clothing today. The botanical purpose of cotton
fiber is to aid in seed dispersal.
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