EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

The kapok (sense 2) or silk-cotton tree (Ceiba pentandra).
The Malabar silk-cotton tree (Bombax ceiba) is also known as the kapok (sense 3) as its fruit produce a fibre like that of the silk-cotton tree.

Borrowed from Malay kapuk (silky fibre from the silk-cotton tree; Ceiba pentandra).[1]

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NounEdit

kapok (countable and uncountable, plural kapoks)

  1. A silky fibre obtained from seed pods of the silk-cotton tree (Ceiba pentandra) used for insulation and stuffing for mattresses, pillows, etc.
    Synonym: mumian
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 492:
      The moon came out of hiding and for a moment Jerry forgot his anxiety as a little grey-clad figure, small and sturdy [...], in a kapok coat and bulging proletarian cap, lowered himself over the side and leapt for the waiting arms of the sampan's crew.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber & Faber 2003, p. 39:
      You can stuff them full of kapok to make a decent cushion and there is nothing better to carry frogs in.
    • 1993, Tim Winton, Land's Edge, Picador 2014, p. 15:
      A still summer night a world away in a house that smells of cactus and dust and musty kapok.
  2. The silk-cotton tree (Ceiba pentandra).
    Synonyms: kapok tree, mapou (Haiti), mumian
  3. The cotton tree, Malabar silk-cotton tree, or red silk-cotton tree (Bombax ceiba).
    Synonym: kapok tree

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Compare “kapok, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, September 2018; “kapok, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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CebuanoEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • Hyphenation: ka‧pok

NounEdit

kapok

  1. (rare) the kapok tree or silk-cotton tree (Ceiba pentandra)
  2. (rare) the fiber obtained from this tree

HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

kap +‎ -ok

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈkɒpok]
  • Hyphenation: ka‧pok

VerbEdit

kapok

  1. first-person singular indicative present indefinite of kap