- 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
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Examples from the Web for balata
Actually, he knew he could get an easy twenty-five balata for the bauble in Karth.The Players
Everett B. Cole
The joins are dried in the sun, after which the tray is made water-tight with a lining of balata.
At Balata it is said that the city gate of ancient Shechem was uncovered.Archology and the Bible
George A. Barton
Distinct from rubber, but closely akin to it, are the two materials known as gutta-percha and balata.
Then he makes a dabree, a large tray about half a foot deep, in which balata latex is coagulated.
- 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
from American Spanish, of Carib origin
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