Definition of gutta-percha noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɡʌtə ˈpɜːtʃə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡʌtə ˈpɜːrtʃə//
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a natural substance which can be shaped when it is heated and is hard when cool, produced by certain Malaysian trees Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Malay getah perca, from getah ‘gum’ + perca ‘strips of cloth’ (which it resembles), altered by association with obsolete gutta ‘gum’, from Latin gutta ‘a drop’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gutta-percha