ceiba

[ sey-buh or for 2, sahy-; Spanish they-vah, sey- ]
/ ˈseɪ bə or for 2, ˈsaɪ-; Spanish ˈθeɪ vɑ, ˈseɪ- /
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noun, plural cei·bas [sey-buh z or for 2, sahy-; Spanish they-vahs, sey-] /ˈseɪ bəz or for 2, ˈsaɪ-; Spanish ˈθeɪ vɑs, ˈseɪ-/.

the silk-cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra.
silk cotton; kapok.

Origin of ceiba

1805–15; < Spanish < Taino ceyba or its cognate in another Arawakan language

Definition for ceiba (2 of 2)

La Ceiba

[ lah sey-vah ]
/ lɑ ˈseɪ vɑ /

noun

a seaport in N Honduras.

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ceiba

/ (ˈseɪbə) /

noun

any bombacaceous tropical tree of the genus Ceiba, such as the silk-cotton tree
silk cotton; kapok

Word Origin for ceiba

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