ceiba

[ sey-buh or, for 2, sahy-; Spanish they-bah, sey- ]

noun,plural cei·bas [sey-buhz or, for 2, sahy-; Spanish they-bahs, sey-]. /ˈseɪ bəz or, for 2, ˈsaɪ-; Spanish ˈθeɪ βɑs, ˈseɪ-/.
  1. the silk-cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra.

Origin of ceiba

1
First recorded in 1805–15; from Spanish, from Taíno ceyba or its cognate in another Arawakan language

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ceiba

/ (ˈseɪbə) /


noun
  1. any bombacaceous tropical tree of the genus Ceiba, such as the silk-cotton tree

  2. silk cotton; kapok

Origin of ceiba

1
C19: from New Latin, from Spanish, of Arawak origin

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