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silk-cotton tree

[silk-kot-n] /ˈsɪlkˌkɒt n/
any of several spiny trees belonging to the genus Ceiba, of the bombax family, having palmately compound leaves and seeds surrounded by silk cotton, especially C. pentandra, from which kapok is obtained.
Origin of silk-cotton tree
1705-15 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for silk-cotton tree
  • The fruit of the silk-cotton tree is a pod filled with silky stuffing that was once used for stuffing pillows.
  • Behind them was the big and ancient silk-cotton tree which was sacred.
  • Here was the ceiba, or the silk-cotton tree, the shaft of which swells to such a girth.
British Dictionary definitions for silk-cotton tree

silk-cotton tree

any of several tropical bombacaceous trees of the genus Ceiba, esp Ceiba pentandra, having seeds covered with silky hairs from which kapok is obtained Also called kapok tree
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