Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.
To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). It’s a nice post to do and will give you some practice with a dictionary, of which there are several online. Illustrations are by no means necessary, but it’s up to you.
Here is my WOW for this week:
Pronunciation: ka·pok [key-pok; keɪpɒk]
Part of Speech: Noun
1. The silky down inside the seed pods of a silk-cotton tree (kapok tree) Ceiba pentandra, of Indonesia, Africa and tropical America. It is used for stuffing pillows, life jackets etc. and for acoustical insulation. It is also called Java Cotton.
2. A massive tropical tree with deep ridges on its huge trunk and bearing large pods of seeds covered with silky floss – the source of the silky kapok fibre.
1. For the kapok fibre: plant fibre, cushioning, padding, Java Cotton
2. For the kapok tree: Bombay ceiba, Ceiba pentandra, ceiba tree, God tree, silk-cotton tree, white silk-cotton tree
1740-50; < Javanese (or Malay of Java and Sumatra) kapuk or kapoq the name of the large tropical tree which produces the fibres.
Use in a Sentence:
1. They say that when the kapok tree blooms it is time to gather the crocodile eggs.
2. Viewing platforms have been constructed in the tall kapok trees to allow tourists to look out over the rainforest canopy.
3. Emergent trees like the kapok rise above the rainforest canopy and provide a home for plants dependent on sunlight.
4. Naturally silky and resilient, kapok is the traditional stuffing for sitting cushions, in addition to cushions used by people who meditate in the kneeling position.
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