silk-cotton tree
noun Date: 1712 any of various tropical trees (family Bombacaceae, the silk-cotton family) with palmate leaves and large fruits with the seeds enveloped by silk cotton; especially ceiba 1

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  • 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

  • silk-cotton tree — [silk′kät΄ n] n. any of several large, tropical, trees (genera Bombax and Ceiba) of the bombax family that have capsular fruits with silky hairs around the seeds …   English World dictionary

  • silk-cotton tree — noun 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 • Syn: ↑kapok, ↑ceiba tree, ↑white silk cotton tree, ↑Bombay ceiba, ↑God tree, ↑Ceiba… …   Useful english dictionary

  • silk-cotton tree — /silk kot n/ any of several spiny trees belonging to the genus Ceiba, of the bombax family, having palmately compound leaves and seeds surrounded by silk cotton, esp. C. pentandra, from which kapok is obtained. [1705 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • silk-cotton tree — /sɪlk ˈkɒtn ˌtri/ (say silk kotn .tree) noun any of several trees of the family Bombacaceae, having seeds surrounded by silk cotton, especially Ceiba pentandra, from which kapok is obtained …   Australian English dictionary

  • silk cotton tree — American cotton tree, tree that belongs to the Ceiba family …   English contemporary dictionary

  • silk-cotton tree — noun a tree which produces kapok. [Bombax ceiba (India) and Ceiba pentandra (the ceiba, tropical America).] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Silk cotton tree — Ceiba (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • white silk-cotton tree — noun 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 • Syn: ↑kapok, ↑ceiba tree, ↑silk cotton tree, ↑Bombay ceiba, ↑God tree, ↑Ceiba pentandra • …   Useful english dictionary

  • red silk-cotton tree — noun East Indian silk cotton tree yielding fibers inferior to kapok • Syn: ↑simal, ↑Bombax ceiba, ↑Bombax malabarica • Hypernyms: ↑tree • Member Holonyms: ↑Bombax, ↑genus Bombax …   Useful english dictionary

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