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kapok

[ key-pok ]

noun

  1. the silky down that invests the seeds of a silk-cotton tree kapoktree, Ceiba pentandra, of the East Indies, Africa, and tropical America: used for stuffing pillows, life jackets, etc., and for acoustical insulation.


kapok

/ ˈkeɪpɒk /

noun

  1. a silky fibre obtained from the hairs covering the seeds of a tropical bombacaceous tree, Ceiba pentandra ( kapok tree or silk-cotton tree ): used for stuffing pillows, etc, and for sound insulation Also calledsilk cotton


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Word History and Origins

Origin of kapok1

1740–50; < Javanese (or Malay of Java and Sumatra) kapuk the name of the tree
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Word History and Origins

Origin of kapok1

C18: from Malay
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Example Sentences

The silk cotton or kapok (bombax) is also to be met with in every village.

The Kapok plant furnishes most of the commercial silk cotton on the market.

Even prettier and more wonderfully made is the nest of the kapok bird, a little creature resembling a tom-tit.

The material used in the construction of this small domicile is a kind of wild cotton, well named by the Boers kapok (snow).

The cotton or kapok was used directly, but the burlap was shredded into a fine mass of fluffy fibers.

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