ba·​la·​ta bə-ˈlä-tə How to pronounce balata (audio)
: 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, 3 June 2017

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Word History


Spanish, from Carib

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balata was in 1860

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“Balata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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