kapok tree

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The kapok tree (Bombax ceiba; sense 2).

From kapok + tree.



kapok tree (plural kapok trees)

  1. Ceiba pentandra, a tree of the tropical Americas and west-central Africa, with white flowers, cultivated in south-east Asia for its seed fibre.
    Synonym: kapok
    • 1998, Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible, Faber and Faber 2013, p. 123:
      Right smack in the middle of the village is a huge kapok tree, which is where they get together and have their market every fifth day.
  2. The silk-cotton tree (Bombax ceiba), an Asian tree with red flowers.
    Synonym: kapok
    • 2015, Labodalih Sembiring, translating Eka Kurniawan, Man Tiger, Verso 2015, p. 111:
      The coastal morning glory was left to creep up a bamboo pole that leaned against the kapok tree.
  3. Two trees with yellow flowers native to northern Australia and Papua New Guinea.
    1. Cochlospermum gillivraei
    2. Cochlospermum fraseri


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