Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

balata

play
noun ba·la·ta \bə-ˈlä-tə\

Definition of balata

  1. :  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



Origin and Etymology of balata

Spanish, from Carib


First Known Use: 1860


Learn More about balata


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up balata? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to the heavens

Get Word of the Day daily email!