silk-cotton tree: Meaning and Definition of

silk'-cot•ton tree"

Pronunciation: (silk'kot"n), [key]
  1. any of several spiny trees belonging to the genus Ceiba, of the bombax family, having palmately compound leaves and seeds surrounded by silk cotton, esp. C. pentandra, from which kapok is obtained.
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