Definition of kapok in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪpɒk/


[mass noun]
1A fine, fibrous cotton-like substance which grows around the seeds of the ceiba tree, used as stuffing for cushions, soft toys, etc.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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