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Meaning of GUTTA-PERCHA

Pronunciation:  'gutu'purchu

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a whitish rubber derived from the coagulated milky latex of the gutta-percha tree
 

GUTTA-PERCHA is a 12 letter word that starts with G.

 

 See Also: gum

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Gut"ta-per`cha\, n. [Malay gutah gum + pertja the
tree from which is it procured.]
A concrete juice produced by various trees found in the
Malayan archipelago, especially by the {Isonandra, or
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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