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A rubbery substance derived from the latex of any of several tropical trees chiefly of the genus Palaquium of Southeast Asia, used in dental devices and formerly as an electrical insulator and in golf balls.
[Malay getah perca : getah, sap + perca, strip of cloth (from Hindi pārcā, from Persian pārche, probably diminutive of pāre, from Middle Persian pārang).]
1. (Plants) any of several tropical trees of the sapotaceous genera Palaquium and Payena, esp Palaquium gutta
2. (Plants) a whitish rubber substance derived from the coagulated milky latex of any of these trees: used in electrical insulation and dentistry
[C19: from Malay getah gum + percha name of a tree that produces it]
gut•ta-per•cha(ˈgʌt əˈpɜr tʃə)
1. the milky juice, nearly white when pure, of various Malaysian trees of the sapodilla family, esp. Palaquium gutta.
2. the tough rubberlike gum made from this: used as a dental cement, in golf balls, and for insulating electric wires.
[1835–45; < Malay]
gutta-percha[ˈgʌtəˈpɜːtʃə] N → gutapercha f
n → Guttapercha f or nt
n. gutapercha, látex vegetal seco y purificado que se usa en tratamientos dentales y médicos.