gutta percha

gutta-percha

[guht-uh-pur-chuh]
noun
1.
the milky juice, nearly white when pure, of various Malaysian trees of the sapodilla family, especially Palaquium gutta.
2.
the tough, rubberlike gum made from this and used as a dental cement, in the manufacture of golf balls, for insulating electric wires, etc.

Origin:
1835–45; < Malay gətah (spelling getah) tree sap + perca rag, strip of cloth; perhaps so called from the appearance of the sap (Malay getah taban) in its marketed form

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gutta-percha (ˈɡʌtəˈpɜːtʃə)
 
n
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]

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gutta-percha
1845, from Malay getah percha, lit. "the gum of percha, the name of the tree.
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gutta-percha gut·ta-per·cha (gŭt'ə-pûr'chə)
n.
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.

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