silk cotton



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for silk cotton

Historical Examples of silk cotton

  • But they seem to be exceptionally so when in the silk-cotton tree.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar

  • Now the Silk-cotton tree has not had this form through its life.


    Philip Henry Gosse

  • The coral, the silk-cotton and the dhak are resplendent with red foliage.

  • They are a noticeable forest feature and are commonly seen in the silk-cotton trees.

    Fetichism in West Africa

    Robert Hamill Nassau

  • They build long, purse-like nests by weaving together fine vegetable fibres and lichens, and thickly lining them with silk-cotton.

British Dictionary definitions for silk cotton

silk cotton


another name for kapok
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