silk cotton

  1. the silky covering of the seeds of certain tropical trees of the bombax family, used for stuffing cushions, pillows, etc.

Origin of silk cotton

First recorded in 1690–1700

Words Nearby silk cotton Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use silk cotton in a sentence

  • Everywhere the birds are joyful and noisy; nowhere more so than at the silk-cotton and the coral trees.

  • Lastly, the purse is cosily lined with silk-cotton down or other soft material.

  • The shesham and the silk-cotton trees are fast losing their leaves, but all the other trees are covered with foliage.

  • silk cotton has a smooth surface and therefore cannot be spun like true cotton which has corded edges.

    Textiles | William H. Dooley
  • The silk cotton or kapok (bombax) is also to be met with in every village.

    The History of Sumatra | William Marsden

British Dictionary definitions for silk cotton

silk cotton

  1. another name for kapok

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