What does the word cocoon mean?

Usage examples for cocoon

  1. These are late arrivals that have come from the cocoon upon a cold world and are doing their best to make good in it. – Old Plymouth Trails by Winthrop Packard
  2. It is the ground, it is the stretch of sand which they are so assiduously exploring; what they are waiting for is the arrival of some female, who bursting the cocoon, may appear from one moment to the next, issuing all dusty from the ground. – More Hunting Wasps by J. Henri Fabre
  3. It was of a well- intentioned beetle who fattened a nice green caterpillar for its family's thanksgiving dinner, and the thing went and spun itself into a cocoon the night before! – People of the Whirlpool by Mabel Osgood Wright