silk-cotton tree

noun
variants: or silk cotton tree

Definition of silk-cotton tree 

: any of various tropical trees (family Bombacaceae, the silk-cotton family) with palmate leaves and large fruits with the seeds enveloped by silk cotton especially : kapok sense 1

First Known Use of silk-cotton tree

1712, in the meaning defined above

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