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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History and Etymology for bombax

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

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