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silk cotton

the silky covering of the seeds of certain tropical trees of the bombax family, used for stuffing cushions, pillows, etc.
Origin of silk cotton
1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Bihaura brought various special presents for Charmian, such as silk-cotton pillows, fans, and fancy mats.

  • But they seem to be exceptionally so when in the silk-cotton tree.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • The coral, the silk-cotton and the dhak are resplendent with red foliage.

  • Now the silk-cotton tree has not had this form through its life.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
  • The shesham and the silk-cotton trees are fast losing their leaves, but all the other trees are covered with foliage.

  • They make fire with quartz and steel, using the floss of the silk-cotton tree as tinder.

  • The silk-cotton tree is the rival of the palm in dignity; it has a white bark and a lofty flat crown.

  • I was much surprised to notice the rapidity with which the silk-cotton tree burst into leaf.

    Cuba Past and Present Richard Davey
  • The ceiba, cottonwood or silk-cotton tree, is a tree of beauty and size, and of very general growth.

    Industrial Cuba Robert P. Porter
  • Lastly, the purse is cosily lined with silk-cotton down or other soft material.

British Dictionary definitions for silk-cotton

silk cotton

another name for kapok
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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