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Balsas

[bahl-sais] /ˈbɑl sɛəs/
noun
1.
Río, Río Balsas.

balsa

[bawl-suh, bahl-] /ˈbɔl sə, ˈbɑl-/
noun
1.
a tropical American tree, Ochroma pyramidale (lagopus), of the bombax family, yielding an exceedingly light wood used for life preservers, rafts, toy airplanes, etc.
2.
a raft made of balsa wood.
3.
any life raft.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Spanish: boat
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British Dictionary definitions for Balsas

balsa

/ˈbɔːlsə/
noun
1.
a bombacaceous tree, Ochroma lagopus, of tropical America
2.
Also called balsawood. the very light wood of this tree, used for making rafts, etc
3.
a light raft
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish: raft
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Word Origin and History for Balsas

balsa

n.

South American tree, 1866, apparently from Spanish balsa "float," originally the name of rafts used on the Pacific coast of Latin America (1777). The wood is very light.

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