balsa wood

balsa wood
n. light strong wood (used to build models, rafts, etc.); raft

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • balsa wood — noun strong lightweight wood of the balsa tree used especially for floats • Syn: ↑balsa • Hypernyms: ↑wood • Substance Holonyms: ↑balsa, ↑Ochroma lagopus * * * balsa …   Useful english dictionary

  • Balsa wood bridge — The building of balsa wood bridges is very often used as an educational activity. It may be accompanied by a larger project involving varying areas of study. Typically classes which would include a balsa wood bridge project cover the subject… …   Wikipedia

  • balsa — (also balsa wood) ► NOUN ▪ very lightweight timber obtained from a tropical American tree, used chiefly for making models and rafts. ORIGIN Spanish, raft …   English terms dictionary

  • balsa — /bawl seuh, bahl /, n. 1. a tropical American tree, Ochroma pyramidale (lagopus), of the bombax family, yielding an exceedingly light wood used for life preservers, rafts, toy airplanes, etc. 2. a raft made of balsa wood. 3. any life raft. [1770… …   Universalium

  • balsa — [[t]bɔ͟ːlsə[/t]] N UNCOUNT Balsa or balsa wood is a very light wood from a South American tree …   English dictionary

  • balsa — [ bɒlsə] noun 1》 (also balsa wood) very lightweight timber used chiefly for making models and rafts. 2》 the fast growing tropical American tree from which balsa wood is obtained. [Ochroma lagopus.] Origin C17: from Sp., raft …   English new terms dictionary

  • balsa — n. 1 (in full balsa wood) a type of tough lightweight wood used for making models etc. 2 the tropical American tree, Ochroma lagopus, from which it comes. Etymology: Sp., = raft …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wood — /wood/, n. 1. Grant, 1892 1942, U.S. painter. 2. Leonard, 1860 1927, U.S. military doctor and political administrator. * * * I Hard, fibrous material formed by the accumulation of secondary xylem produced by the vascular cambium. It is the… …   Universalium

  • balsa — ☆ balsa [bôl′sə ] n. [Sp] 1. any of several tropical American trees (genus Ochroma) of the bombax family that yield an extremely light and buoyant wood used for rafts, model airplanes, etc. 2. the wood 3. a raft, esp. one made up of a frame… …   English World dictionary

  • balsa — S.Amer. tree, 1866, apparently from Sp. balsa float, originally the name of rafts used on the Pacific coast of Latin America (1777). The wood is very light …   Etymology dictionary

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