• WordNet 3.6
    • n gutta-percha a whitish rubber derived from the coagulated milky latex of gutta-percha trees; used for insulation of electrical cables
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gutta-percha A concrete juice produced by various trees found in the Malayan archipelago, especially by the Isonandra Gutta, syn. Dichopsis Gutta. It becomes soft, and unpressible at the tamperature of boiling water, and, on cooling, retains its new shape. It dissolves in oils and ethers, but not in water. In many of its properties it resembles caoutchouc, and it is extensively used for many economical purposes. The Mimusops globosa of Guiana also yields this material.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gutta-percha The concrete juice of an evergreen sapotaceous tree, Dichopsis (Isonandra) Gutta, common in the jungles of the Malay peninsula and archipelago. It is a grayish or yellowish inodorous and tasteless substance, nearly inelastic, at ordinary temperatures hard, tough, and somewhat horny, and flexible only in thin plates. At 120° to 140° F. it is sufficiently soft to be rolled into plates, and it becomes very soft at the temperature of boiling water. It is soluble in boiling ether, chloroform, benzol, coal-tar oils, bisulphid of carbon, and oil of turpentine, and with caoutchouc it is readily vulcanized. Gutta-percha is used for a great variety of purposes, as for insulating electric wires, in the manufacture of hose, belting, and other flexible goods, as a substitute for leather, in mastics and cements, for splints and various surgical implements, etc. A similar product is obtained from other species of Dichopsis and of several allied genera. Also called gutta-taban.
    • n gutta-percha In geology, an exceedingly fine, laminated glacial clay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gutta-percha gut′a-pėrch′a the solidified juice of various trees in the Malayan Islands.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Malay gutah, gum + pertja, the tree from which is it procured
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Malay gatah, guttah, gum, percha, the tree producing it.


In literature:

I don't want to disobey orders, but seems to me as we'd better get back to what you called Gutta-percha Road.
"Mother Carey's Chicken" by George Manville Fenn
To the primer was fastened a wire passing through a water-tight cork of gutta percha and plaster of Paris.
"The Gulf and Inland Waters" by A. T. Mahan
His frame was a mixture of gutta-percha, leather, and brass.
"Blue Lights" by R.M. Ballantyne
Even then it seemed as if the softness of the spot were only of the gutta-percha type.
"The Garret and the Garden" by R.M. Ballantyne
All the spring, the elasticity seemed taken out of my two Bounding Brothers from the Gutta Percha coast.
"Much Darker Days" by Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
Gutta Percha Willie, The Working Genius.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
With all due deference to the Editor's opinion, I do not believe that gutta percha baths are injurious to the finished picture.
"Notes and Queries, Number 182, April 23, 1853" by Various
Samples of gutta percha constantly vary; and one may contain impurities acted upon by the chemicals, which another does not.
"Notes and Queries, Number 183, April 30, 1853" by Various
Mazer wood and Gutta percha, 239.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
The exports of Rejang are many, the principal ones being gutta-percha, rattans, and bilian wood.
"On the Equator" by Harry de Windt
Of the purely uncultivated jungle products that figure in the exports the principal are gutta-percha, India rubber, and rattans.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher
It is not a window that has an elastic it is planted gutta percha.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
An etching-trough made of gutta-percha or of porcelain.
"A Treatise on Etching" by Maxime Lalanne
The old cable had but three coatings of gutta-percha, with nothing between.
"The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph" by Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
He returned in October wearing a gutta percha knee cap, and promptly sent in his resignation from the regiment.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Gutta-percha and india-rubber are examples of materials of the former kind.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
Hence it has to be contained in bottles of gutta-percha or lead.
"The Preparation of Plantation Rubber" by Sidney Morgan
They are generally made of tin, vulcanite, or gutta-percha, and are of various forms.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Their superiority over the solid gutta-percha lies in their superior resiliency.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
It will not be necessary for me to go back any further than the period of the gutta-percha ball.
"The Soul of Golf" by Percy Adolphus Vaile

In news:

FILE -In this Saturday July 30, 2011 file photo shows a PH Gutta Percha golf ball sits on a sand tee on the first tee at the Oakhurst links golf course in White Sulphur Springs, WV.
In this Saturday July 30, 2011 file photo shows old wooden clubs a towel and PH Gutta Percha golf ball is displayed at the Oakhurst links golf course in White Sulphur Springs, WV.
Dia-Pro W Gutta Percha Points and Paper Points are designed to complement WaveOne Files and make Dia-Dent's line of gutta-percha and paper points more complete.
The Beta Obturation device is designed for warm gutta-percha techniques, such as backfilling a canal with warm vertical obturation or with a complete fill technique (injecting from the apex up).
No other obturation material has been more trusted than gutta-percha.
So that 's what they use Gutta-percha for.