balsa

[ bawl-suh, bahl- ]
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noun
  1. a tropical American tree, Ochroma pyramidale (lagopus), of the bombax family, yielding an exceedingly light wood used for life preservers, rafts, toy airplanes, etc.

  2. a raft made of balsa wood.

  1. any life raft.

Origin of balsa

1
1770–80; <Spanish: boat

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balsa

/ (ˈbɔːlsə) /


noun
  1. a bombacaceous tree, Ochroma lagopus, of tropical America

  2. Also called: balsawood the very light wood of this tree, used for making rafts, etc

  1. a light raft

Origin of balsa

1
C18: from Spanish: raft

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