- any of a genus (Manilkara, esp. M. bidentata) of tropical American trees of the sapodilla family with hard, heavy, dark-red wood used for flooring, furniture, etc.
- the dried milky sap of these trees, a rubberlike gum used to make golf ball covers, conveyor belts, etc.
Origin of balataSpanish from Tupí or Galibi
The nonelastic rubber obtained from the latex of the South American tree Manilkara bidentata. It was formerly used in the manufacture of golf-ball covers and machine belts.
Origin of balataLatin American Spanish balatá, balata of Carib origin