[ buh-lah-tuh, bal-uh-tuh ]
/ bəˈlɑ tə, ˈbæl ə tə /


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.

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


/ (ˈbælətə) /


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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