a rubberlike gum produced from the latex of various SE Asian trees (esp. genera Palaquium and Payena) of the sapodilla family and used in electric insulation, dentistry, golf balls, etc.
Origin of gutta-percha; from Malay ; from getah, tree sap, latex + uncertain or unknown; perhaps perca, rag, strip of cloth (so called because sold in strips): form influenced, influence by Classical Latin gutta, a drop
A rubbery substance derived from the latex of any of several tropical trees chiefly of the genus Palaquium of Southeast Asia, used in dental devices and formerly as an electrical insulator and in golf balls.
Origin of gutta-perchaMalay getah perca : getah, sap + perca, strip of cloth (from Hindi pārcā, from Persian pārche, probably diminutive of pāre, from Middle Persian pārang).
(countable and uncountable, plural gutta-perchas)
From Malay getah perca.