silk-cotton tree definition by Webster's New World
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any of several large, tropical, trees (genera Bombax and Ceiba) of the bombax family that have capsular fruits with silky hairs around the seeds
silk-cotton tree definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A spiny, deciduous, tropical tree (Ceiba pentandra) having palmately compound leaves and cultivated for its leathery fruit that contain the silklike fiber kapok.
- Either of two trees (Bombax ceiba or Cochlospermum religiosum) having seeds surrounded by silky hairs.