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balsa

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noun bal·sa \ˈbȯl-sə\

Simple Definition of balsa

  • : the very light wood of a tropical American tree

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of balsa

  1. 1 :  a small raft or boat; specifically :  one made of tightly bundled reeds and used on Lake Titicaca

  2. 2 :  a tropical American tree (Ochroma pyramidale syn. O. lagopus) of the silk-cotton family with extremely light strong wood used especially for floats; also :  its wood

Origin of balsa

Spanish


First Known Use: circa 1600

Rhymes with balsa


BALSA Defined for Kids

balsa

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noun bal·sa \ˈbȯl-sə\

Definition of balsa for Students

  1. :  the very light but strong wood of a tropical American tree




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