kapok

[ UK /kˈæpɒk/ ]
NOUN
  1. a plant fiber from the kapok tree; used for stuffing and insulation
  2. massive tropical tree with deep ridges on its massive trunk and bearing large pods of seeds covered with silky floss; source of the silky kapok fiber
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How To Use kapok In A Sentence

  • The rectory blinked in amber glitters between a scraggly screen of kapok trees fronting it.
  • We duck under a wasp nest hanging low from a kapok, and see a great black hawk draping its wings in the sun on the top of a cecropia. Take Me to the River
  • Mr. Tremaine was proud in the possession of the kapok mattress.
  • Indeed, the very material used by British teddy-bear manufacturers in the 1920s and 1930s was kapok, a cotton-like material that was lighter, softer and more hygienic than wood shavings, cork or horsehair.
  • Strange women; they never knew a roof over their heads or the feel of a kapok mattress beneath their iron-hard spines. THE THORN BIRDS
  • Due to insect infestation, only thirty-two out of the 120 precious kapok trees along Chungcheng Road are still alive.
  • 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.
  • The nice thing about kapok is that you can refluff it every once in a while to keep its original floatation.
  • Nights of stuffing this sculpture with kapok, a new substance for the job, sent me into bouts of itching.
  • East Indian silk cotton tree yielding fibers inferior to kapok.
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