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ceiba

[sey-buh or for 2, sahy-; Spanish they-vah, sey-] /ˈseɪ bə or for 2, ˈsaɪ-; Spanish ˈθeɪ vɑ, ˈseɪ-/
noun, plural ceibas
[sey-buh z or for 2,sahy-; Spanish they-vahs, sey-] /ˈseɪ bəz or for 2,ˈsaɪ-; Spanish ˈθeɪ vɑs, ˈseɪ-/ (Show IPA)
1.
the silk-cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra.
2.
silk cotton; kapok.
Origin of ceiba
1805-1815
1805-15; < Spanish < Taino ceyba or its cognate in another Arawakan language

La Ceiba

[lah sey-vah] /lɑ ˈseɪ vɑ/
noun
1.
a seaport in N Honduras.
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  • The ceiba is the sacred tree of the negro, the temple of Jumbi, the proper house of Obeah.

  • The lovers stood in shadow—but it was the shadow of the ceiba.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • He had need to avail himself of the friendly proffer; and for that purpose had he made the appointment under the ceiba.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • A balza raft was built out of large trunks of the Bombax ceiba, which, being light wood, was the best for the purpose.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Benbax ceiba, a large tree with spongy, light wood, that has immense bunches of purple flowers.

    Brought Forward R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • It is not, however, composed of that material, but of the fibre of the cotton-tree (Bombax ceiba).

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • Once more under the ceiba, that gigantic trysting tree, stood the Maroon and his mistress.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • Individuals were most readily observed on the buttresses of some of the gigantic mahogany and ceiba trees.

  • There are also the Jamaica cedar, and the silk cotton tree (ceiba Bombax).

  • Hunger stimulated him to the attempt; and, resting his gun against the trunk of the ceiba, he commenced climbing upward.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for ceiba

ceiba

/ˈseɪbə/
noun
1.
any bombacaceous tropical tree of the genus Ceiba, such as the silk-cotton tree
2.
silk cotton; kapok
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Spanish, of Arawak origin
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