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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rubbery substance derived from the latex of any of several tropical trees of the genera Palaquium and Payena, used as an electrical insulator, as a waterproofing compound, and in golf balls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inelastic natural latex, produced from the sap of several tropical trees of the genera Palaquium and Payena.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The concrete juice of an evergreen sapotaceous tree, Dichopsis (Isonandra) Gutta, common in the jungles of the Malay peninsula and archipelago.
  • n. In geology, an exceedingly fine, laminated glacial clay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a whitish rubber derived from the coagulated milky latex of gutta-percha trees; used for insulation of electrical cables

Etymologies

Malay getah perca : getah, sap + perca, strip of cloth (from Hindi pārcā, from Persian pārche, probably diminutive of pāre, from Middle Persian pārang).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay getah perca. (Wiktionary)

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