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ka·pok / ˈkāˌpäk/ • n. a fine, fibrous cottonlike substance that grows around the seeds of the ceiba tree, used as stuffing for cushions, soft toys, etc. ∎  (also kapok tree) another term for ceiba.

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kapok Tropical tree with compound leaves and white or pink flowers. Its seed pods burst to release silky fibres, which are commonly used for stuffing and insulation. Height: to 50m (165ft). Family Bombacaceae; species Ceiba pentandra.

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kapok See CEIBA.

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kapok fine cotton wool from the seeds of a tree. XVIII (capoc). ult. — Malay kapok.