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Meaning of balsa

bal•sa

Pronunciation: (bôl'su, bäl'-), [key]
— n.
  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.
  3. any life raft.
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