ceiba

ceiba

[sey-buh or for 2, sahy-; Spanish they-vah, sey-]
noun, plural ceibas [sey-buhz or for 2, sahy-; Spanish they-vahs, sey-] .
1.
the silk-cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra.
2.
silk cotton; kapok.

Origin:
1805–15; < Spanish < Taino ceyba or its cognate in another Arawakan language

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La Ceiba

[lah sey-vah] .
noun
a seaport in N Honduras.
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ceiba (ˈseɪbə)
 
n
1.  any bombacaceous tropical tree of the genus Ceiba, such as the silk-cotton tree
2.  silk cotton; kapok
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Spanish, of Arawak origin]

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