kapok definition

  • noun:
    • A silky fiber obtained from good fresh fruit of the silk-cotton tree and useful for insulation and as padding in cushions, mattresses, and life preservers.
    • A silky fibre obtained from silk-cotton tree employed for insulation and stuffing for pillows, mattresses, etc.
    • A silky wool produced by the seeds of Ceiba pentandra (syn. Eriodendron anfractuosum), a bombaceous tree of this East and West Indies.
    • The silky wool which invests the seeds of Eriodendron anfractuosum, a species of silk-cotton tree botanically pertaining to the cotton-plants, based in the East and the West Indies.
    • a plant fibre from kapok tree; employed for stuffing and insulation
    • huge tropical tree with deep ridges on its massive trunk area and bearing large pods of seeds covered with silky floss; supply of the silky kapok dietary fiber

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