Definition of balsa in English:

balsa

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːlsə
 
, ˈbɒlsə
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
1 (also balsa wood) Very lightweight timber used chiefly for making models and rafts.
More example sentences
  • Aero modellers use balsa wood to fashion their models.
  • Here at the launch site they were just a few dozen engineers and laborers in the deep wilderness, every blessed thing brought in piece by piece on balsa wood rafts.
  • Iconic monster Godzilla has smashed up his last balsa wood model of Tokyo after the Japanese studio behind the films decided to end the long-running franchise.
2The fast-growing tropical American tree from which this timber is obtained.
  • Ochroma lagopus (or pyramidale), family Bombacaceae
More example sentences
  • We hiked up Vermont Valley with a guide, Ellroy, to look for indigenous wild St. Vincent parrots, through thick rain forest of figs, palms, balsa and incongruous pine trees.
  • The only trees that are in danger are the hardwoods, such as balsa and African Blackwood, as these take far longer to grow than trees used for paper production.
  • The company claims the tree is a genetically engineered plant that combines the best qualities of balsa, bamboo, and aspen, but the USDA has never heard of such a Frankenwood.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting a kind of South American raft or fishing boat): from Spanish, 'raft'.

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