noun bal·sa \ˈbl-sə\

: the very light wood of a tropical American tree

Full Definition of BALSA

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

First Known Use: circa 1600

Rhymes with BALSA

BALSA Defined for Kids


noun bal·sa \ˈbl-sə\

Definition of BALSA for Kids

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


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