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balata

[buh-lah-tuh, bal-uh-tuh] /bəˈlɑ tə, ˈbæl ə tə/
noun
1.
a nonelastic, rubberlike, water-resistant gum that softens in hot water and is obtained from the latex of a tropical American tree, Manilkara bidentata: used chiefly in the manufacture of machinery belts, golf ball covers, and as a substitute for gutta percha.
Compare bully tree.
2.
a tree, Mimusops balata, of Madagascar.
Origin of balata
1855-1860
1855-60; < American Spanish < Carib
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British Dictionary definitions for balata

balata

/ˈbælətə/
noun
1.
a tropical American sapotaceous tree, Manilkara bidentata, yielding a latex-like sap
2.
a rubber-like gum obtained from this sap: used as a substitute for gutta-percha
Word Origin
from American Spanish, of Carib origin
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