noun ka·pok \ˈkā-ˌpäk\

Definition of kapok

  1. 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. 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

Origin and Etymology of kapok


First Known Use: circa 1750

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