AskDefine | Define cocoon

Dictionary Definition

cocoon n : silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects to protect pupas and by spiders to protect eggs


1 retreat as if into a cocoon, as from an unfriendly environment; "Families cocoon around the T.V. set most evenings"; "She loves to stay at home and cocoon"
2 wrap in or as if in a cocoon, as for protection

User Contributed Dictionary



From French cocon, diminutive of coque ‘shell’.


  1. The silky protective case spun by the larvae of some insects and moths in which they metamorphose, the pupa.
  2. Any similar protective case, whether real or metaphorical.


protective case
  • Czech: kukla
  • Italian: bozzolo


  1. To envelop in a protective case, or to withdraw into such a case.

Extensive Definition

wikt cocoon A cocoon is a pupal casing made by moths, caterpillars and other insect larvae.
Cocoon may also refer to:
  • Apache Cocoon, web development software
  • Cocoon (film), a 1985 science fiction film
  • Kakuna, a fictional species of Pokémon, known as Cocoon in the original Japanese version
  • "Cocoon", a short story from the collection Luminous, by science fiction writer Greg Egan


cocoon in German: Cocoon
cocoon in French: Cocoon (homonymie)
cocoon in Italian: Cocoon
cocoon in Dutch: Cocoon
cocoon in Japanese: コクーン
cocoon in Sicilian: Cocoon
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