Definition of balata in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbalətə/
Pronunciation: /bəˈlɑːtə/


1A tropical American tree which bears edible fruit and produces latex.
  • Several species in the family Sapotaceae, in particular Manilkara bidentata.
Example sentences
  • No person shall extract gum from, or cut for the purpose of extracting gum, any Balata tree growing on private land.
  • Soon after, covers were made of balata, a sap-like substance from the South American balata tree.
1.1 [mass noun] The dried sap of the balata tree, used as a substitute for rubber.
Example sentences
  • The modern era of golf ball covers was dominated by balata, a natural rubber that provided high spin rates and soft feel but lacked durability.
  • These youngsters - all under 22-are the first generation to play without any first-hand experience or memory of the days when woods were persimmon and balls were balata.
  • The Big Bertha produced a greater average carry, whether the clubhead speed was 85, 95 or 108 miles per hour, on center hits, high toe hits or low heel hits, with a two-piece ball or a three-piece wound balata.


Early 17th century: from Carib balatá.

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