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Short, soft, lightweight fibers produced from a tree in the silk cotton family, Bombax malabaricum, native to India. Simal, or red silk cotton, is used for stuffing. See Bombax, and Kapok.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Bombax malabaricum; semal; red silk cotton; bombax; kapok

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 430
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996