Kapok tree

kapok

[key-pok]
noun
the silky down that invests the seeds of a silk-cotton tree (ka·pok tree) Ceiba pentandra, of the East Indies, Africa, and tropical America: used for stuffing pillows, life jackets, etc., and for acoustical insulation.
Also called Java cotton.


Origin:
1740–50; < Javanese (or Malay of Java and Sumatra) kapuk the name of the tree

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kapok (ˈkeɪpɒk)
 
n
Also called: silk cotton a silky fibre obtained from the hairs covering the seeds of a tropical bombacaceous tree, Ceiba pentandra (kapok tree or silk-cotton tree): used for stuffing pillows, etc, and for sound insulation
 
[C18: from Malay]

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kapok
1735, from Malay kapoq, name of the large tropical tree which produces the fibers.
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