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silk cotton

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

First recorded in 1690–1700
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Omphalos

    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

noun
  1. another name for kapok
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