\▐kā-▐ päk\ n [Malay] (ca. 1750) Short, lightweight cotton-like fibers from the seed pod of trees of the family Bombacabeae. A very brittle fiber, it is generally not spun. It is used for stuffing cushions, mattresses, etc., and for life jackets because of its buoyancy and moisture resistance. (Kadolph SJJ, Langford AL (2001) Textiles. Pearson Education, New York; Elsevier's textile dictionary. Vincenti R (ed). Elsevier Science and Technology Books, New York, 1994).