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[guht-uh-pur-chuh] /ˈgʌt əˈpɜr tʃə/

the milky juice, nearly white when pure, of various Malaysian trees of the sapodilla family, especially Palaquium gutta.
the tough, rubberlike gum made from this and used as a dental cement, in the manufacture of golf balls, for insulating electric wires, etc.
any of several tropical trees of the sapotaceous genera Palaquium and Payena, esp Palaquium gutta
a whitish rubber substance derived from the coagulated milky latex of any of these trees: used in electrical insulation and dentistry

1845, from Malay getah percha, literally “the gum of percha,” the name of the tree; the form of the word influenced by Latin gutta “drop.” As the name of the tree itself, from 1860.

gutta-percha gut·ta-per·cha (gŭt’ə-pûr’chə)
A rubbery substance from the latex of any of several tropical trees, used as a temporary filling material in dentistry and in the manufacture of orthopedic splints.


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