Definition of kapok in English:
1A fine, fibrous cotton-like substance which grows around the seeds of the ceiba tree, used as stuffing for cushions, soft toys, etc.
- Nights of stuffing this sculpture with kapok, a new substance for the job, sent me into bouts of itching.
- ‘The firm which makes them fills the stout canvas covers with kapok, a substance like silky cotton wool.’
- The material kapok, the soft fibrous covering of the seeds of a tropical tree, is familiar as a lining and stuffing material.
1.1 (also kapok tree) another term for ceiba.
- In addition, those strange looking boab trees, tall livistona palms, beautiful water lilies, colourful kapok bushes and kurrajong trees are all special sights across this unique landscape.
- The kapok is a large, deciduous, tropical tree that has attractive leaves and clusters of yellow, white or pink flowers.
- Now the hunt for more soaring specimens of kapok, wild ficus, Dead Man's Tree, and gnarled kenip continues, as efforts to save the trees gain steam.
mid 18th century: from Malay kapuk.
Definition of kapok in:
- US English dictionary
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