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kapok

[key-pok] /ˈkeɪ pɒk/
noun
1.
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
1740-1750
1740-50; < Javanese (or Malay of Java and Sumatra) kapuk the name of the tree
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kapok

/ˈkeɪpɒk/
noun
1.
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 Also called silk cotton
Word Origin
C18: from Malay
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Word Origin and History for kapok tree

kapok

n.

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

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