Gutta-percha definition

gŭtə-pûrchə
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.
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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.
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An inelastic natural latex, produced from the sap of several tropical trees of the genera Palaquium and Payena.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gutta-percha
Plural:
gutta-perchas

Origin of gutta-percha

  • Malay getah perca getah sap perca strip of cloth (from Hindi pārcā) (from Persian pārche) (probably) (diminutive of pāre) (from Middle Persian pārang)

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

  • From Malay getah perca.

    From Wiktionary