kapok

noun
ka·​pok | \ ˈkā-ˌpäk How to pronounce kapok (audio) \

Definition of kapok

1 or kapok tree : a massive tropical deciduous tree (Ceiba pentandra) of the silk-cotton family that has a trunk with short, sharp prickles, a buttressed base, and porous lightweight wood and that bears large seed pods containing numerous silky fibers
2 : a mass of silky fibers that surrounds the seeds of the kapok tree and are used especially as a filling for mattresses, pillows, life preservers, and sleeping bags and as insulation

Examples of kapok in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His firm recently brought in a 90-foot tall kapok for the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club in Miami that had previously been owned by a local sugar company in Central Florida. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 The two more premium choices of fill are buckwheat and kapok. Matt Jancer, Wired, 27 May 2020 Perhaps the most eloquent examples are a roomful of coiled sculptures made from women’s mesh tights stuffed with kapok. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, 20 Mar. 2020 Perhaps the most eloquent examples are a roomful of coiled sculptures made from women’s mesh tights stuffed with kapok. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, 20 Mar. 2020 Perhaps the most eloquent examples are a roomful of coiled sculptures made from women’s mesh tights stuffed with kapok. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, 20 Mar. 2020 Perhaps the most eloquent examples are a roomful of coiled sculptures made from women’s mesh tights stuffed with kapok. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, 20 Mar. 2020 Perhaps the most eloquent examples are a roomful of coiled sculptures made from women’s mesh tights stuffed with kapok. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, 20 Mar. 2020 In the show last month, these machines created striking formations of China, a kapok tree flower, and a ship. Popular Science, 8 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kapok.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of kapok

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kapok

Malay

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About kapok

Statistics for kapok

Cite this Entry

“Kapok.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kapok. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on kapok

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about kapok

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!