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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
1805-1815
1805-15; < Spanish < Taino ceyba or its cognate in another Arawakan language
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British Dictionary definitions for ceibas

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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