bombax

noun bom·bax \ ˈbämˌbaks \

Definition of bombax

1 capitalized :a large genus of trees (family Bombacaceae) chiefly of South America, a few of India, and one of Africa having digitate leaves and showy white or scarlet flowers — compare ceiba
2 plural -es :any tree of the genus Bombax

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Origin and Etymology of bombax

borrowed from New Latin (Linnaeus), going back to Medieval Latin bambax, bombax “cotton plant, cotton fiber”


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