[kou-choo k, kou-chook]
Origin of caoutchouc
1765–75; < French < Spanish cauchuc (now obsolete), probably ultimately < an Indian language of lowland tropical South America
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Examples from the Web for caoutchouc
The perpetual use of bougies, either of catgut or of caoutchouc.Zoonomia, Vol. II
The substance is said to consist of caoutchouc, gum, and mineral oil.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The mould being then cooled in water, the caoutchouc is withdrawn.
In nearly every other country it is now spoken of as caoutchouc.Rubber
Edith A. Browne
Dr Rollfs advises melting a piece of caoutchouc at the end of a wire, and introducing it while warm.
- another name for rubber 1 (def. 1)
C18: from French, from obsolete Spanish cauchuc, from Quechua