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kapok, noun

Forms:
capoc, kapockShow more Also capoc, kapock, kappoc, kappock.
Origin:
South African Dutch, MalayShow more South African Dutch, adaptation of and transferred use of Malay kapuq the tree Ceiba pentandra.
1. The downy, cotton-like hairs encasing the seeds of all shrubs of the genus Eriocephalus of the Asteraceae. Also attributive. Cf. wild kapok (see wild sense a).
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 250Cotton-wool is spoken of among the Dutch as kapok, as is also the woolly material which encloses the seed of a Karoo bush — Eriocephalus umbellatus.
1988 M. Branch Explore Cape Flora 17The wild rosemary or ‘kapok’ bush has fluffy seeds that are spread by the wind and collected by birds and mice to line their nests.
2. combinations
kapok bird [translation of South African Dutch kapokvoël], a tiny bird, Anthroscopus minutus, which builds nests of down-like materials; kapokvoël;
kapokblom /-blɔm/ [Afrikaans, blom flower], the plant Lanaria lanata, which has fine woolly hairs covering its stem and inflorescence;
kapokboom /-buəm/ [Afrikaans, boom tree] the large tree Ceiba pentandra, or any tree bearing the white, woolly hairs known as ‘kapok’;
kapokbos /-bɔs/ [Afrikaans, bos bush], the shrub Eriocephalus; also kapokbossie /-bɔsi/ [see -ie];
kapokvoël /-fʊəl/, /-fuəl/, formerly also kapokvogel [Afrikaans, voël bird], kapok bird; also kapokvoëltjie /-fʊəlki/, /-fuəlci/, formerly kapokvogeltje [see -ie].
1795 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. I. 136The name of Kapock-bird was given to a very small bird, that forms its nest (which is as curious as it is beautiful, and is of the thickness of a coarse worsted stocking) from the down (pappus eriocephali) of the wild rosemary-tree (wilde rosmaryn).
1973 Beeton & Dorner in Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.4 No.1, 73Kapokvöel,..(Anthoscopus minuta) alt: Cape penduline tit.
The downy, cotton-like hairs encasing the seeds of all shrubs of the genus Eriocephalus of the Asteraceae. Also attributive.

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