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ceiba

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪbə
 
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Definition of ceiba in English:

noun

A very tall tropical American tree from which kapok is obtained, with lightweight yellowish or pinkish timber. Also called kapok.
  • Ceiba pentandra, family Bombacaceae
Example sentences
  • The book is about two taxa: the live oaks that dominate the coastal Louisiana landscape and the ceibas, the signature tree of the Guatemalan lowlands.
  • Just before he falls asleep he remembers a vast expanse of sugar cane, he remembers the still air, the sun beating down on the red earth and far off in the distance a ceiba tree that was haunted by the spirits of murdered slaves.
  • The rusting set of free weights is scattered under a ceiba tree.

Origin

via Spanish from Taino, literally 'giant tree'.

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