from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A silky fiber obtained from the fruit of the silk-cotton tree and used for insulation and as padding in pillows, mattresses, and life preservers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A silky fibre obtained from the silk-cotton tree used for insulation and stuffing for pillows, mattresses, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A silky wool derived from the seeds of Ceiba pentandra (syn. Eriodendron anfractuosum), a bombaceous tree of the East and West Indies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The silky wool which invests the seeds of Eriodendron anfractuosum, a species of silk-cotton tree botanically related to the cotton-plants, found in the East and the West Indies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a plant fiber from the kapok tree; used for stuffing and insulation
- n. 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
But I wonder if the kapok is a hybrid of some kind or if they've treated it somehow to make it hypoallergenic, because I have a kapok allergy myself.
The kapok is the city flower and the kapok tree is the city tree of Guangzhou.
The kapok is a rain forest tree from Tropical America, and the pillow is stuffed with fluff from its fruits.
For stuffing cushions, you can use kapok, which is also water resistant.
The great Kapok tree, the only book that has any reference to "kapok" in any of its fields.
We duck under a wasp nest hanging low from a kapok, and see a great black hawk draping its wings in the sun on the top of a cecropia.
Mexican kapok trees once helped the U.S. war effort
Lined up opposite the bench are huge plastic bags full of kapok fibres, which have been plucked from pods that hang from nearby ceiba trees, and are ready for sale.
Eng has developed a good seasonal business, buying the pods from farmers who have the trees on their land, and selling the kapok to companies that make mattresses and pillows.
She employs neighbours and family to help pluck and bag the kapok, and she expects to get a 50% rate of return when she sells her goods.
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