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 The beloved Avocado Organic pillow now comes in a 20-by-12-inch to-go size, with the same firm feel and organic kapok-fiber fill, plus an optional machine-washable cotton cover ($19). The Editors, Outside Online, 2 July 2022 The beloved Avocado Organic pillow now comes in a 20-by-12-inch to-go size, with the same firm feel and organic kapok-fiber fill, plus an optional machine-washable cotton cover ($19). The Editors, Outside Online, 2 July 2022 The beloved Avocado Organic pillow now comes in a 20-by-12-inch to-go size, with the same firm feel and organic kapok-fiber fill, plus an optional machine-washable cotton cover ($19). The Editors, Outside Online, 2 July 2022 The beloved Avocado Organic pillow now comes in a 20-by-12-inch to-go size, with the same firm feel and organic kapok-fiber fill, plus an optional machine-washable cotton cover ($19). The Editors, Outside Online, 2 July 2022 The beloved Avocado Organic pillow now comes in a 20-by-12-inch to-go size, with the same firm feel and organic kapok-fiber fill, plus an optional machine-washable cotton cover ($19). The Editors, Outside Online, 2 July 2022 The beloved Avocado Organic pillow now comes in a 20-by-12-inch to-go size, with the same firm feel and organic kapok-fiber fill, plus an optional machine-washable cotton cover ($19). The Editors, Outside Online, 2 July 2022 The beloved Avocado Organic pillow now comes in a 20-by-12-inch to-go size, with the same firm feel and organic kapok-fiber fill, plus an optional machine-washable cotton cover ($19). The Editors, Outside Online, 2 July 2022 The beloved Avocado Organic pillow now comes in a 20-by-12-inch to-go size, with the same firm feel and organic kapok-fiber fill, plus an optional machine-washable cotton cover ($19). Gabriela Aoun, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of kapok

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kapok

Malay

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Last Updated

28 Sep 2022

Cite this Entry

“Kapok.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kapok. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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