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balata definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: when dried yields a hard substance used e.g. in golf balls [syn: balata, gutta balata]
2: a tropical hardwood tree yielding balata gum and heavy red timber [syn: balata, balata tree, beefwood, bully tree, Manilkara bidentata]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Spanish, from Carib Date: 1860 the dried latex of a tropical American tree (genus Manilkara and especially M. bidentata) of the sapodilla family that is similar to gutta-percha and is used especially in belting and golf balls; also a tree yielding it

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 any of several latex-yielding trees of Central America, esp. Manilkara bidentata. 2 the dried sap of this used as a substitute for gutta-percha. Etymology: ult. f. Carib

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Balata Bal"a*ta, n. [Sp., prob. fr. native name.] 1. A West Indian sapotaceous tree (Bumelia retusa). 2. The bully tree (Minusops globosa); also, its milky juice (); also, its milky juice (), which when dried constitutes an elastic gum called chicle, or chicle gum.



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