bombax family

bom′bax fam`ily

(ˈbɒm bæks)
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.
[< New Latin (Linnaeus): the silk-cotton tree genus; Medieval Latin bombāx silk, cotton]
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