a fine, glossy fiber, similar to silk cotton, from the seeds of a spiny Brazilian tree, Chorisia speciosa.
Origin of vegetable silk
First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for vegetable silk
any of various silky fibres obtained from the seed pods of certain plantsSee also kapok
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