Levant cotton • White cotton
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Cotton. Soft, white, fibrous hairs surrounding the seeds in the boll of various plants of the mallow family (genus Gossypium), woven into thread and cloth (Is 19:9).See Cloth, Cloth Manufacturing; Plants.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Cotton [Heb. karpas; Sanskrit karpāsa; Gk. kárpasos] (Est. 1:6); AV GREEN; NEB omits; [Heb. ḥôrāy; Gk. býssos] (Isa. 19:9); AV NETWORKS; NEB “shall grow pale.” From a remote period the fruit fibers of the Gossypium herbaceum L. have been spun into thread from which cloth has been made. The plant
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
COTTON Soft, white, fibrous hairs surrounding the seeds in the boll of various plants of the mallow family (genus Gossypium), woven into thread and cloth (Is 19:9). See Cloth and Cloth Manufacturing; Plants.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
CottonCotton (Gossypium herbaceum L.) is native to India, and was not grown in the ancient Near East until after the conquests of Alexander the Great. Yet it is fitting that the Persian king Ahasuerus, ruler of lands “from India to Ethiopia” (Esth. 1:1), would have white cotton (Heb. karpas) curtains
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Cotton (Heb. karpas; from Sanskrit karpāsa, perhaps through Persian). The fruit fibers of the Gossypium herbaceum L., probably imported from India. At Esth. 1:6 it is related that some of the curtains of Ahasuerus’ palace were manse from “white cotton” (KJV “green”; NIV, JB omit). A cuneiform
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Cotton. Cotton is now both grown and manufactured in various parts of Syria and Palestine; but there is no proof that, till they came in contact with Persia, the Hebrews generally knew of it as a distinct fabric from linen. [Linen.]
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
COTTON — NRSV word for Linen. While cotton was known in ancient India, it apparently was never grown or used in the Near East during the biblical period.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COTTON<kot’-’-n> ([כַּרְפַּס‎, karpac] is the better translation, as in the Revised Version, margin, where the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) have “green” in Est 1:6): The Hebrew karpac is from the Persian kirpas and the Sanskrit karpasa, “the cotton plant.” The
Compton’s Encyclopedia
cottonPeople use the natural fiber cotton in some form every day. In summer cotton clothes are worn because they are cool and easy to clean. For all seasons there are cotton towels, sheets, rugs, draperies, gloves, and countless other products that range from sewing thread to cooking oils. Despite the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
cotton. Possible rendering of Hebrew karpas H4158, which is a loanword from Sanskrit through Persian (Esth. 1:6 NRSV and NJPS; the KJV mistranslates with “green”); others believe the word refers to linen (cf. NIV and HALOT, 2:500). Some Egyptian child mummies were wrapped in cotton bandages. The Hebrews
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
COTTON, kotʹ’n (כֵּרְפַּס‎, karpaṣ, is the better tr, as in RVm, where AV and RV have “green” in Est 1:6): The Heb karpaṣ is from the Pers kirpās and the Sanskrit karpāsa, “the cotton plant.” The derived words originally meant “muslin” or “calico,” but in classical times the use of words allied to
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
COTTON [כַּרְפַּסkarpas]. Cotton (Gossypium arboreum) is the seed fiber of the cotton plant that grows in warm, humid climates with 3–5 in. of annual rain. The plants flower in eighty to one hundred days and then take an additional fifty-five to eighty days for the seeds to form and the cotton boll
1. Cotton
1. CottonCotton cloth first appears in India (ca. 3000 bce), in Mesopotamia (ca. 1000 bce), and the Aegean (6th–5th cent. bce). Its existence in Persia is indicated in Esth 1:6, the only biblical example. See COTTON.
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