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What is "Kapok" - Definition & Explanation

A plant fiber from the kapok tree; used for stuffing
A short, lightweight, cotton-like, vegetable fiber found in the seed pods of the Bombocaceae tree. Because of its brittle quality, it is generally not spun. However, its buoyancy and moisture resistance makes it ideal for use in cushions, mattresses, and life jackets.
A Unicellular Seed Hair Obtained From The Fruit Pods Of The Kapok Tree Eriodendron Anfractuosum ( Formerly Known As Ceiba Pentranda)., Note. The Fibre Is Also Called Ceba, Ceiba, Java Cotton Silk Cotton, Silk Floss Etc. Indian Kapok Comes From Bombax Malabaricum.
An old and reliable filling material is the kapok fibre, also called the vegetable down. These are the seed hairs from the fruit of silk wool tree. The bitter substance naturally contained in it, keeps the kapok fibre from bactreria and germ-free.

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