[buh-lah-tuh, bal-uh-tuh]


a nonelastic, rubberlike, water-resistant gum that softens in hot water and is obtained from the latex of a tropical American tree, Manilkara bidentata: used chiefly in the manufacture of machinery belts, golf ball covers, and as a substitute for gutta percha.Compare bully tree.
a tree, Mimusops balata, of Madagascar.

Nearby words

  1. balantidium,
  2. balao,
  3. balarama,
  4. balas,
  5. balashikha,
  6. balaton,
  7. balaustine,
  8. balayage,
  9. balbo,
  10. balbo, italo

Origin of balata

1855–60; < American Spanish < Carib Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for balata



a tropical American sapotaceous tree, Manilkara bidentata, yielding a latex-like sap
a rubber-like gum obtained from this sap: used as a substitute for gutta-percha

Word Origin for balata

from American Spanish, of Carib origin

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