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
Recent Examples of kapok from the Web
Yambio, a midsize town of wide dirt roads and lofty kapok trees that seem to breathe tranquillity, used to be part of what was called a green state.
By law, developers cannot cut down kapok trees during construction, Figuerola says, because without it, the ecosystem could collapse.
The scene is watched over by ancient kapok, abachi and black afara trees.
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Origin and Etymology of kapok
First Known Use: circa 1750See Words from the same year
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