[sey-buh or for 2, sahy-; Spanish they-vah, sey-]
- the silk-cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra.
- silk cotton; kapok.
Origin of ceiba
1805–15; < Spanish < Taino ceyba or its cognate in another Arawakan language
- a seaport in N Honduras.
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Examples from the Web for ceiba
The sacred tree is not named, but presumably it was the ceiba to which I refer elsewhere.Nagualism
Daniel G. Brinton
But he knew the ceiba, and the way back to it, all that they needed.Gaspar the Gaucho
He tied them to a ceiba, where they had some sort of forage.When the Owl Cries
The ceiba on the wide savannah has endless room in which to spread.Gardens of the Caribbees, v. 1/2
Ida May Hill Starr
The lovers stood in shadow—but it was the shadow of the ceiba.The Maroon
- any bombacaceous tropical tree of the genus Ceiba, such as the silk-cotton tree
- silk cotton; kapok
C19: from New Latin, from Spanish, of Arawak origin
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