balata definition

  • noun:
    • The nonelastic rubber obtained through the exudate associated with Southern American tree Manilkara bidentata. It was found in the make of golf-ball covers and device devices.
    • A West Indian sapotaceous tree (Bumelia retusa).
    • The bully tree (Minusops globosa); also, its milky liquid (balata gum), which whenever dried out comprises an elastic gum called chicle, or chicle gum.
    • Same as balata-gum.
    • whenever dried out yields a difficult compound made use of e.g. in tennis balls
    • a tropical hardwood tree producing balata gum and hefty purple timber

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