bombax family

/bom"baks/
the plant family Bombacaceae, typified by tropical deciduous trees having palmate leaves, large and often showy solitary or clustered flowers, and dry fruit with a woolly pulp, and including the baobab and silk-cotton tree.
[ < NL (Linnaeus): the silk-cotton tree genus; ML: silk, cotton, alter. of L bombyx silkworm, silk < Gk bómbyx silkworm; see BOMBYCID]

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  • bombax family — bom′bax fam ily [[t]ˈbɒm bæks[/t]] n. a family, Bombacaceae, of tropical trees with palmate leaves, often showy flowers, and dry fruit with a woody pulp: includes the balsa, baobab, and the silk cotton tree • Etymology: < NL (Linnaeus): the… …   From formal English to slang

  • bombax family — /bom baks/ the plant family Bombacaceae, typified by tropical deciduous trees having palmate leaves, large and often showy solitary or clustered flowers, and dry fruit with a woolly pulp, and including the baobab and silk cotton tree. [ < NL… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bombax Cotton — The seed hair obtained from the plant known as the cotton tree, belonging to the Bombacea; family. The fibre is known as Vegetable Down or Bombax Cotton. It grows in tropical countries. The fibre is soft, rather weak, of white to a yellowish… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • bombax — [bäm′baks΄] adj. 〚ModL < ML, cotton: see BOMBAST〛 designating a family (Bombacaceae, order Malvales) of dicotyledonous tropical trees, including the kapok tree, baobab, and balsa * * * …   Universalium

  • bombax — [bäm′baks΄] adj. [ModL < ML, cotton: see BOMBAST] designating a family (Bombacaceae, order Malvales) of dicotyledonous tropical trees, including the kapok tree, baobab, and balsa …   English World dictionary

  • Bombax buonopozense — taxobox name = Gold Coast Bombax image caption = Greenhouse grown specimen in Münster, Germany status = LR/lc status ref = cite journal| last = Beentje| first = Henk|coauthor=Sara Smith| title = Plant Systematics and Phytogeography for the… …   Wikipedia

  • bombax cotton — also called  tree cotton, or vegetable down        seed floss of various trees of the Bombax genus of the Malvaceae family; the plants grow in tropical countries and are cultivated in the West Indies and Brazil. The seed floss s individual fibres …   Universalium

  • Bombax mossambicense — taxobox status = DD status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Plantae unranked divisio = Angiosperms unranked classis = Eudicots unranked ordo = Rosids ordo = Malvales familia = Malvaceae genus = Bombax species = B. mossambicense binomial = Bombax… …   Wikipedia

  • Bombax — noun trees of chiefly South America • Syn: ↑genus Bombax • Hypernyms: ↑dilleniid dicot genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Bombacaceae, ↑family Bombacaceae • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • family Bombacaceae — noun tropical trees with large dry or fleshy fruit containing usually woolly seeds • Syn: ↑Bombacaceae • Hypernyms: ↑dilleniid dicot family • Member Holonyms: ↑Malvales, ↑order Malvales • Member Mero …   Useful english dictionary

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