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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 27 Nov. 2022.

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