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kapok (n.)

also in early use capoc, "type of silky wool used for stuffing, etc.," 1735 in reference to the large tropical tree which produces it; 1750 of the fiber, from Malay (Austronesian) kapoq, name of the tree.

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Definitions of kapok from WordNet

kapok (n.)
a plant fiber from the kapok tree; used for stuffing and insulation;
Synonyms: silk cotton / vegetable silk
kapok (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;
Synonyms: ceiba tree / silk-cotton tree / white silk-cotton tree / Bombay ceiba / God tree / Ceiba pentandra
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