MooT Question Icon
What word was shortened to coin the gin in cotton gin?




Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.


A picture of a moot game

The critically-acclaimed board game MooT
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
To join our mailing list and get
free brain-twisting MooT questions sent to you irregularly,
enter your email address and then press submit.

E-Mail address:




Back to home page



Answer: engine

The cotton gin is a machine used to separate cotton from its seeds. The word gin means "ingenious device" in Middle English and derives from the Old French engin (from Latin ingenium).

Copyright 1998-2009 Blair Arts Ltd. All rights reserved.