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[sey-buh or for 2, sahy-; Spanish they-vah, sey-] /ˈseɪ bə or for 2, ˈsaɪ-; Spanish ˈθeɪ vɑ, ˈseɪ-/
noun, plural ceibas
[sey-buh z or for 2,sahy-; Spanish they-vahs, sey-] /ˈseɪ bəz or for 2,ˈsaɪ-; Spanish ˈθeɪ vɑs, ˈseɪ-/ (Show IPA)
the silk-cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra.
silk cotton; kapok.
Origin of ceiba
1805-15; < Spanish < Taino ceyba or its cognate in another Arawakan language

La Ceiba

[lah sey-vah] /lɑ ˈseɪ vɑ/
a seaport in N Honduras. Unabridged
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  • The ceiba is the sacred tree of the negro, the temple of Jumbi, the proper house of Obeah.

  • The lovers stood in shadow—but it was the shadow of the ceiba.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • He had need to avail himself of the friendly proffer; and for that purpose had he made the appointment under the ceiba.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • A balza raft was built out of large trunks of the Bombax ceiba, which, being light wood, was the best for the purpose.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Benbax ceiba, a large tree with spongy, light wood, that has immense bunches of purple flowers.

    Brought Forward R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • It is not, however, composed of that material, but of the fibre of the cotton-tree (Bombax ceiba).

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • Once more under the ceiba, that gigantic trysting tree, stood the Maroon and his mistress.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • Individuals were most readily observed on the buttresses of some of the gigantic mahogany and ceiba trees.

  • There are also the Jamaica cedar, and the silk cotton tree (ceiba Bombax).

  • Hunger stimulated him to the attempt; and, resting his gun against the trunk of the ceiba, he commenced climbing upward.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for ceiba


any bombacaceous tropical tree of the genus Ceiba, such as the silk-cotton tree
silk cotton; kapok
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Spanish, of Arawak origin
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