balata

noun

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

Examples of balata in a Sentence

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

Etymology

Spanish, from Carib

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balata was in 1860

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“Balata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balata. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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