silk-cotton tree

noun

variants or 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

Word History

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silk-cotton tree was in 1712

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“Silk-cotton tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silk-cotton%20tree. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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