Balata meaning

bə-lätə
The nonelastic rubber obtained from the latex of the South American tree Manilkara bidentata. It has been used in the manufacture of golf-ball covers and machine belts.
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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.
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The dried milky sap of these trees, a rubberlike gum used to make golf ball covers, conveyor belts, etc.
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Origin of balata

  • American Spanish from Tupí Galibi

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition