silk-cotton tree


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n silk-cotton tree 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Silk-cotton tree (Bot) a name for several tropical trees of the genera Bombax and Eriodendron, and belonging to the order Bombace√¶. The trees grow to an immense size, and have their seeds enveloped in a cottony substance, which is used for stuffing cushions, but can not be spun.
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In literature:

Many climbing plants run up the lofty silk, cotton, and baobab trees, and hang their beautiful flowers in gay festoons on the branches.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
It was a silk cotton tree.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
Among the most curious vegetable productions along its banks are the silk cotton-tree and the gouty-stem tree.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
A species of silk cotton, or ether down, is produced on a large tree, called the pullam tree.
"Observations Upon The Windward Coast Of Africa" by Joseph Corry
We found here some Guinea pepper, and some silk cotton trees, besides several others with the names of which I am not acquainted.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume X" by Robert Kerr
"A Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
They feed on the nectar provided by these flowers and those of the silk-cotton tree.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
Let's go up into the silk-cotton tree.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
Then there were those forest-giants, the silk-cotton-trees, and various kinds of fig-trees and pines, such as in the old world are never seen.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was one of the beautiful silk-cotton trees already mentioned.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid