• WordNet 3.6
    • n balata a tropical hardwood tree yielding balata gum and heavy red timber
    • n balata when dried yields a hard substance used e.g. in golf balls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Balata A West Indian sapotaceous tree (Bumelia retusa).
    • Balata The bully tree (Minusops globosa); also, its milky juice ( balata gum ), which when dried constitutes an elastic gum called chicle, or chicle gum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n balata Same as balata-gum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Balata bal′a-ta the gum of the bullet or bully tree of South America, used as a substitute for gutta-percha in insulating telegraph-wires.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp., prob. fr. native name


In literature:

Prognosticatio quae incipit, Silvii Triquebille, balata per M.N., the deep-dreaming gull Sion.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Prognosticatio quae incipit, Silvii Triquebille, balata per M.N., the deep-dreaming gull Sion.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
Nothing toward using the treasures of gutta- percha which are now wasting in the Balatas?
"At Last" by Charles Kingsley
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" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Actually, he knew he could get an easy twenty-five balata for the bauble in Karth.
"The Players" by Everett B. Cole
In Balata there lived, some years ago, two scapegraces, called Chapkin Halid and Pitch Osman.
"Told in the Coffee House" by Cyrus Adler
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" by Various
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" by Various

In poetry:

'"Plums from balata and mombin,
Tania, manioc, water-vine;
Let you fell my slim manacques,
Tap my sweet moriche wine.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

Callaghan named GM at Balata in Edwards.
VAIL —The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail welcomes Luke Callaghan as the new general manager of Balata restaurant at the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Edwards.
Balata restaurant in Singletree reopens Thursday.

In science:

Arpesella C, Back HO, Balata M, et al (2008) Direct Measurement of the Be7 Solar Neutrino Flux with 192 Days of Borexino Data.
Introduction to Astronomy with Radioactivity