|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.
yellowish or brownish leathery material derived from the latex of certain trees in Malaysia, the South Pacific, and South America, especially Palaquium oblongifolia and, formerly, P. gutta. To obtain the latex, the tree may be felled and rings cut in the bark; in plantation cultivation the fresh leaves are gathered, chopped, and crushed. The mass is boiled in water and the gum removed and pressed into blocks
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