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ceiba

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

First recorded in 1805–15; from Spanish, from Taíno ceyba or its cognate in another Arawakan language
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British Dictionary definitions for ceiba

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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