silk cotton
noun Date: 1697 the silky or cottony covering of seeds of various silk-cotton trees; especially kapok

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  • Silk cotton — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • silk cotton — n. KAPOK …   English World dictionary

  • silk cotton — silk like fabric made from cotton fibers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • silk cotton — silk′ cot ton n. tex kapok • Etymology: 1690–1700 …   From formal English to slang

  • silk cotton — /sɪlk ˈkɒtn/ (say silk kotn) noun the silky covering of the seeds of certain tropical trees of the family Bombacaceae, used for stuffing cushions, etc. See kapok …   Australian English dictionary

  • silk cotton — noun a plant fiber from the kapok tree; used for stuffing and insulation • Syn: ↑kapok, ↑vegetable silk • Hypernyms: ↑plant fiber, ↑plant fibre • Substance Holonyms: ↑padding, ↑c …   Useful english dictionary

  • silk cotton — the silky covering of the seeds of certain tropical trees of the bombax family, used for stuffing cushions, pillows, etc. [1690 1700] * * * …   Universalium

  • silk cotton — noun another term for kapok …   English new terms dictionary

  • silk-cotton — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Silk-cotton tree — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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