bombax family

[ bom-baks ]
/ ˈbɒm bæks /


the plant family Bombacaceae, typified by tropical deciduous trees having palmate leaves, large and often showy solitary or clustered flowers, and dry fruit with a woolly pulp, and including the baobab and silk-cotton tree.

Nearby words

  1. bombardment,
  2. bombardon,
  3. bombasine,
  4. bombast,
  5. bombastic,
  6. bombay,
  7. bombay duck,
  8. bombay hills,
  9. bombazine,
  10. bombe

Origin of bombax family

< New Latin (Linnaeus): the silk-cotton tree genus; Medieval Latin: silk, cotton, alteration of Latin bombȳx silkworm, silk < Greek bómbȳx silkworm; see bombycid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019