kapok

noun

ka·​pok ˈkā-ˌpäk How to pronounce kapok (audio)
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 seedpods 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 Kapok: Originally from the kapok tree, the kapok used in pillows is a silky, cotton-like fiber known for being soft and luxurious. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 27 Feb. 2023 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

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Word History

Etymology

Malay

First Known Use

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kapok was in 1735

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Cite this Entry

“Kapok.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kapok. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

kapok

noun
ka·​pok ˈkā-ˌpäk How to pronounce kapok (audio)
: a mass of silky fibers that cover the seeds of a large tropical tree and are used as a filling for mattresses, life preservers, and sleeping bags

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