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Meaning of balata

ba•la•ta

Pronunciation: (bu-lä'tu, bal'u-tu), [key]
— n.
  1. a nonelastic, rubberlike, water-resistant gum that softens in hot water and is obtained from the latex of a tropical American tree, Manilkara bidentata: used chiefly in the manufacture of machinery belts, golf ball covers, and as a substitute for gutta percha. Cf. bully tree.
  2. a tree, Mimusops balata, of Madagascar.
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