cei·​ba ˈsā-bə How to pronounce ceiba (audio)
: kapok

Examples of ceiba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stone carvings of salamanders, snakes, turtles, and other local animals are strategically placed in the pathways, and there’s even a dipping pool under a giant ceiba tree just off the main corridor. Jacqui Gifford, Travel + Leisure, 9 Apr. 2024 But rooted to the front steps was an enormous ceiba tree, with orchids growing out of the gnarled, hide like trunk. Paula McLain, Town & Country, 12 July 2018 In one entrancing swath of forest, towering ceiba trees loom and hooting howler monkeys leap from branch to branch in the understory. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, 26 Apr. 2018 Utuado is surrounded by dense forest of native ceiba, Asian teaks, and West Indian and Honduran mahogany where parrots roost. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, latimes.com, 24 Sep. 2017

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Word History


Spanish, probably from Taino ceíba

First Known Use

1764, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ceiba was in 1764

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“Ceiba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceiba. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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