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balsa

a tropical American tree of the bombax family, yielding a very light wood used for rafts and toys: The toy airplane was made of balsa wood.
Not to be confused with:
balsam – a fragrant resin exuded from certain trees; any of various plants belonging to the genus Impatiens; any agency that heals, soothes, or restores: the balsam of kindness
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bal·sa

 (bôl′sə)
n.
1.
a. A tropical American tree (Ochroma pyramidale) having soft wood that is very light in weight and is used as a substitute for cork in insulation, floats, and crafts such as model airplanes.
b. The wood of this tree. Also called corkwood.
2. A raft consisting of a frame fastened to buoyant cylinders of wood or metal.

[Spanish, raft, balsa tree (used to make rafts), from Old Spanish, raft, probably of pre-Roman Iberian origin.]
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balsa

(ˈbɔːlsə)
n
1. (Plants) a bombacaceous tree, Ochroma lagopus, of tropical America
2. (Plants) Also called: balsawood the very light wood of this tree, used for making rafts, etc
3. (Nautical Terms) a light raft
[C18: from Spanish: raft]
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bal•sa

(ˈbɔl sə, ˈbɑl-)

n., pl. -sas.
1. a tropical American tree, Ochroma pyramidale (lagopus), of the bombax family, yielding a light wood used for rafts, toy airplanes, etc.
2. a life raft.
[1770–80; < Sp: boat]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.balsa - strong lightweight wood of the balsa tree used especially for floatsbalsa - strong lightweight wood of the balsa tree used especially for floats
Ochroma lagopus, balsa - forest tree of lowland Central America having a strong very light wood; used for making floats and rafts and in crafts
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
2.balsa - forest tree of lowland Central America having a strong very light wood; used for making floats and rafts and in crafts
genus Ochroma, Ochroma - one species: balsa
balsa, balsa wood - strong lightweight wood of the balsa tree used especially for floats
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
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Translations
حَشَبُ شَجَرَةِ البلْساشَجَرَةٌ استِوائيَّة أمريكيّه
balzové dřevobalzový strom
balsatræ
balsa
balsafa
balsatrébalsaviîur
balza
balza
sal ağacısal tahtası

balsa

[ˈbɔːlsə] N (also balsa wood) → (madera f de) balsa f
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balsa

[ˈbɔːlsə]
n (also balsa wood) → balsa m
modif (also balsa-wood) [model, raft] → en balsa
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balsa

n (also balsa wood)Balsa(holz) nt
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balsa

[ˈbɔːlsə] n (also balsawood) → (legno di) balsa
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

balsa

(ˈboːlsə) noun
1. (also balsa tree) a tropical American tree.
2. (often ˈbalsa-wood) its very lightweight wood. His model aeroplane is made of balsa.
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MALVACEAE (12/23) Apeiba membranacea (T), Ceiba pentandra (T)*, Goethalsia meiantha, Hampea appendiculata (TH)*, Heliocarpus appendiculatus *, Herrania purpurea, Luehea seemannii*, Malvaviscus concinnus (T)*, Melochia melissifolia, Ochroma pyramidale (T), Pachira aquatica, Pavonia schiedeana, Quararibea bracteolosa (T), Q.
They are cataloged in three groups; i) the species most used in reforestation programs: Gmelina arborea, Tectona grandis (teak) and Acacia mangium, usually employed in lightweight construction; ii) species used in furniture manufacturing: Cordia alliodora, Cedrela odorata and Enterolobium cyclocarpum; iii) species providing potential wood for furniture and construction and in high abundance in the secondary forest: Vochysia ferruginea, Ochroma pyramidale and Goethalsia meiantha.
Heilipodus unifasciatus (Champion) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Molytinae: Hylobiini) attacking plantations of Ochroma pyramidale (Cavanilles ex Lamarck) Urban (Malvaceae) in Ecuador.
En esta zona las especies arboreas mas abundantes son la ceiba blanca (Hura crepitans L), camajon (Sterculia apetala Jacq.), jobo (Spondias mombin L.), majagua (Pseudobombax septenatum Jacq.), indio en cuero (Bursera simaruba L), carito (Enterolobium cyclocarpum Jacq.), macondo (Cavanillesiaplatanifolia Bonpl), balso (ochroma pyramidale Cav.