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
a tree, Mimusops balata, of Madagascar.
1855–60; < American Spanish < Carib