balsa /ˈbɔːlsə, ˈbɒlsə/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. (also balsa wood) very lightweight timber used chiefly for making models and rafts.
2. the fast-growing tropical American tree from which this timber is obtained.

Ochroma lagopus , family Bombacaceae.
– origin early 17th cent. (denoting a kind of South American raft or fishing boat): from Spanish, ‘raft’.

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