- the silky fibers around the seeds of any of several silk-cotton trees, esp. a ceiba (Ceiba pentandra): used for stuffing mattresses, life preservers, sleeping bags, etc.
- ceiba (sense )also kapok tree
Origin of kapokMalay
A silky fiber obtained from the pods of the kapok tree, used for insulation and as padding in pillows, mattresses, and life preservers.
Origin of kapokMalay kapuk
- A silky fibre obtained from the silk-cotton tree used for insulation and stuffing for pillows, mattresses, etc.
From Malay kapuk.