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(among the Yucatec Maya) a drink made from the bark of a leguminous tree, Lonchocarpus violaceus, which is soaked in honey and water and fermented.
Historical Examples

Mrs. balche was reminded of her own cat, and went to give it a little cream.
Gentle Julia Booth Tarkington

It may refer to balche (or baleze), the ceremonial drink, the symbol indicating the phonetic element b.
Day Symbols of the Maya Year Cyrus Thomas

Florence was idly in the thoughts, however, of Mrs. balche, the next-door neighbour to the south.
Gentle Julia Booth Tarkington


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