balata

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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


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