a rubberlike gum
produced from the latex of various SE Asian
trees (esp. genera Palaquium
) of the sapodilla
family and used in electric insulation, dentistry, golf
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Wortherkunft von 'gutta-percha'< Malay < getah, tree sap, latex + ? perca, rag, strip of cloth (so called because sold in strips): form infl. by L gutta, a drop