Meaning of gutta-percha


Pronunciation: (gut'u-pûr'chu), [key]
— n.
  1. the milky juice, nearly white when pure, of various Malaysian trees of the sapodilla family, esp. Palaquium gutta.
  2. the tough, rubberlike gum made from this and used as a dental cement, in the manufacture of golf balls, for insulating electric wires, etc.
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