ba·​la·​ta | \ bə-ˈlä-tə How to pronounce balata (audio) \

Definition of balata

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web The legendary Hogan, who died nearly 20 years ago, won four U.S. Opens and two Masters tournaments using a wood driver and balata balls. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: The way he’s hitting, Joe Mauer might have a .300 season for Twins," 3 June 2017

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First Known Use of balata

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for balata

Spanish, from Carib

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“Balata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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