|1.||any of several tropical trees of the sapotaceous genera Palaquium and Payena, esp Palaquium gutta|
|2.||a whitish rubber substance derived from the coagulated milky latex of any of these trees: used in electrical insulation and dentistry|
|[C19: from Malay getah gum + percha name of a tree that produces it]|
gutta-percha gut·ta-per·cha (gŭt'ə-pûr'chə)
A rubbery substance from the latex of any of several tropical trees, used as a temporary filling material in dentistry and in the manufacture of orthopedic splints.