Noun Kapok Definition and Examples







A fine, fibrous cotton-like substance which grows around the seeds of the ceiba tree, used as stuffing for cushions, soft toys, etc.
  1. 'The material kapok, the soft fibrous covering of the seeds of a tropical tree, is familiar as a lining and stuffing material.'
  2. 'Beneath the brown velvet of the seed capsules, a white kapok of cottony seed-parachutes packs the core.'
  3. 'Youngsters may have heard of kapok fillings in various sports equipment and sleeping bags.'
  4. 'He fetches his favorite toy, an ancient stinky ball of kapok and synthetic fur, cured and flavored by two years spent outdoors in all seasons.'
  5. 'Models will show off a range of garments made from hemp, nettle, flax, kapok, peat, bamboo, cellulose fibres and a new polymer made from starch called PLA, plus animal fibres including wool, angora, alpaca, mohair and llama.'
  6. 'The nice thing about kapok is that you can refluff it every once in a while to keep its original floatation.'
  7. 'The Carib Indians used kapok for drums and canoes but otherwise sheathed their axes in regard to the tree.'
  8. 'The kapok is a large, deciduous, tropical tree that has attractive leaves and clusters of yellow, white or pink flowers.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'Because the unopened fruit won't sink when submerged in water, many believe the fruit of the kapok tree floated its way from Latin America to Africa.'
  11. 'Dick studied the rainforest form of Ceiba pentandra, a species of kapok that grows taller than a 16-story building, its head poking above the forest canopy.'
  12. 'As part of this showcase for sustainability, there are more than 10,000 plants from many climatic zones (including huge kapok trees, coconut palms and Saint Helena ebony, once thought extinct).'
  13. 'The rectory blinked in amber glitters between a scraggly screen of kapok trees fronting it.'


1. the silky down that invests the seeds of a silk-cotton tree (ka·pok tree) Ceiba pentandra, of the East Indies, Africa, and tropical America: used for stuffing pillows, life jackets, etc., and for acoustical insulation.


"There can be kapok trees."
"There can be kapok lodes."
"There can be kapok life jackets."
"There can be kapok leads."
"There can be kapok deposits."
"kapoks can make fillings for items."
"kapoks can produce in/at/on years."
"kapoks can produce in/at/on tonnes."
"kapoks can produce in/at/on maxima."
"kapoks can make for toys."
"kapoks can make for items."

Mid 18th century: from Malay kapuk.

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