balsa

noun bal·sa \ ˈbȯl-sə \
|Updated on: 25 Jul 2018

Definition of balsa

1 : a small raft or boat; specifically : one made of tightly bundled reeds and used on Lake Titicaca
2 : a tropical American tree (Ochroma pyramidale synonym O. lagopus) of the silk-cotton family with extremely light strong wood used especially for floats; also : its wood

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Origin and Etymology of balsa

Spanish


BALSA Defined for English Language Learners

balsa

Definition of balsa for English Language Learners

  • : the very light wood of a tropical American tree


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balsa

noun bal·sa \ ˈbȯl-sə \

Definition of balsa for Students

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


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