cei·​ba | \ ˈsā-bə How to pronounce ceiba (audio) \

Definition of ceiba

: kapok

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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, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 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, "Colombian scientists race to study once-forbidden territory before it is lost to development—or new conflict," 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, "In one Puerto Rico mountain town, a wall of mud came crashing down," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ceiba

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ceiba

Spanish, probably from Taino ceíba

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to make a temporary encampment

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