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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.
Compare bully tree.
a tree, Mimusops balata, of Madagascar.
Historical Examples

balata bands may be used in place of india-rubber, but though less expensive are not so lasting.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3 Various

Actually, he knew he could get an easy twenty-five balata for the bauble in Karth.
The Players Everett B. Cole

The properties of balata correspond with its composition, and it may therefore be classed as an inferior gutta percha.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6 Various

Distinct from rubber, but closely akin to it, are the two materials known as gutta-percha and balata.
Rubber Edith A. Browne

balata, a vegetable gum used as a substitute for gutta-percha, being at once ductile and elastic; goes under the name of bully.
The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood

Timber is cut, and balata and rubber collected, from crown lands by licences issued from the department of Lands and Mines.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6 Various

Then he makes a dabree, a large tray about half a foot deep, in which balata latex is coagulated.
Rubber Edith A. Browne

At balata it is said that the city gate of ancient Shechem was uncovered.
Archology and the Bible George A. Barton

The joins are dried in the sun, after which the tray is made water-tight with a lining of balata.
Rubber Edith A. Browne

a tropical American sapotaceous tree, Manilkara bidentata, yielding a latex-like sap
a rubber-like gum obtained from this sap: used as a substitute for gutta-percha


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