cocoon: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ku-kn'), [key]
- the silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects, as silkworms, serving as a covering while they are in the pupal stage.
- any of various similar protective coverings in nature, as the silky case in which certain spiders enclose their eggs.
- a protective covering, usually consisting of polyvinyl chloride, sprayed over machinery, large guns on board ships, etc., to provide an airtight seal and prevent rust during long periods of storage.
- any encompassingly protective or hermetic wrapping or enclosure resembling a cocoon: a cocoon of gauze.
- to produce a cocoon.
- to wrap or enclose tightly, as if in a cocoon: The doctor cocooned the patient in blankets.
- to provide (machinery, guns, etc.) with a protective, airtight covering by spraying with polyvinyl chloride or the like.
- to envelop or surround protectively; insulate: a political leader cocooned by his staff and his bodyguards.
- cocoon (Thesaurus)