or bal·ché

[ bahl-chey ]
/ bɑlˈtʃeɪ /


(among the Yucatec Maya) a drink made from the bark of a leguminous tree, Lonchocarpus violaceus, which is soaked in honey and water and fermented.

Origin of balche

< American Spanish < Yucatec Mayan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for balche

  • Mrs. Balche was reminded of her own cat, and went to give it a little cream.

    Gentle Julia|Booth Tarkington
  • It may refer to balche (or baleze), the ceremonial drink, the symbol indicating the phonetic element b.

  • Florence was idly in the thoughts, however, of Mrs. Balche, the next-door neighbour to the south.

    Gentle Julia|Booth Tarkington