- a tree, Dyera costulata, of the Malay Peninsula, from which a resinous latex is obtained.
- Also called pontianak. the latex of these trees, used as a substitute for chicle.
- Also called devil tree. a tropical Old World tree, Alstonia scholaris, of the dogbane family, of which the bark is used in medicine.
Origin of jelutong
Borrowed into English from Malay around 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for jelutong
Rubber of various qualities is now made from the latex of the Jelutong tree.
The tapping of Jelutong is roughly done by natives, and the milk is coagulated by the help of petroleum.
- a Malaysian apocynaceous tree of the genus Dyera, esp D. costulata
- the latex obtained from this tree, used in the manufacture of chewing gum
- the wood of this tree
C19: from Malay