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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
First recorded in 1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But they seem to be exceptionally so when in the silk-cotton tree.

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

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

  • They make fire with a quartz strike-a-light and steel and the floss of the silk-cotton tree (Bombax malabaricum).

  • 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
  • As her father had said, she wasn't good at waiting; and so we all went up into the silk-cotton tree.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • I think Mr. Chipperton put the whole thing down as the result of his lecture to Rectus up in the silk-cotton tree.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • But did not “Eha” mistake the purpose for which these creatures visit the silk-cotton tree?

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • First and foremost, amongst the votaries of the silk-cotton tree are the rose-coloured starlings (Pastor roseus).

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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