silk-cotton tree

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silk-cotton tree

[silk-kot-n]
noun
any of several spiny trees belonging to the genus Ceiba, of the bombax family, having palmately compound leaves and seeds surrounded by silk cotton, especially C. pentandra, from which kapok is obtained.

Origin:
1705–15

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silk-cotton tree
 
n
Also called: kapok tree any of several tropical bombacaceous trees of the genus Ceiba, esp Ceiba pentandra, having seeds covered with silky hairs from which kapok is obtained

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Example sentences
The fruit of the silk-cotton tree is a pod filled with silky stuffing that was once used for stuffing pillows.
Behind them was the big and ancient silk-cotton tree which was sacred.
Here was the ceiba, or the silk-cotton tree, the shaft of which swells to such a girth.
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