balatas

balata

[buh-lah-tuh, bal-uh-tuh]
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:
1855–60; < American Spanish < Carib

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balata (ˈbælətə)
 
n
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
 
[from American Spanish, of Carib origin]

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