• WordNet 3.6
    • n kapok massive tropical tree with deep ridges on its massive trunk and bearing large pods of seeds covered with silky floss; source of the silky kapok fiber
    • n kapok a plant fiber from the kapok tree; used for stuffing and insulation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kapok (Bot) A silky wool derived from the seeds of Ceiba pentandrasyn. Eriodendron anfractuosum), a bombaceous tree of the East and West Indies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kapok The silky wool which invests the seeds of Eriodendron anfractuosum, a species of silk-cotton tree botanically related to the cotton-plants, found in the East and the West Indies. Like the wool of some allied trees, it is used for stuffing pillows, cushions, etc. It has become a considerable article of export from Ceylon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kapok ka-pokā€² a cottony or silky fibre covering the seeds of a species of silk-cotton tree, used for stuffing pillows, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. the native name


In literature:

The silk cotton or kapok (bombax) is also to be met with in every village.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
The Kapok plant furnishes most of the commercial silk cotton on the market.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
This defect limits the use of other "flosses" or seed hairs in competition with Kapok.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
The cotton or kapok was used directly, but the burlap was shredded into a fine mass of fluffy fibers.
"Comparative Ecology of Pinyon Mice and Deer Mice in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado" by Charles L. Douglas
To the police a search of Kapok's room in Bellville revealed nothing more incriminating than a mass of Anarchist literature.
"The Gay Triangle" by William Le Queux