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, common name for the Bombacaceae, a family of deciduous trees, often tall and with unusually thick trunks, found chiefly in the American tropics. The family includes many commercially important members, e.g.
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Ochroma lagopus. A tropical American tree in the order Malvales; its wood is strong and lighter than cork.

balsa, corkwood

The lightest of all woods, with density of about 7 to 10 lb per cu ft (110 to 160 kg per cu m); used for the core of lightweight sandwich panels, models, etc.


1. a bombacaceous tree, Ochroma lagopus, of tropical America
2. the very light wood of this tree, used for making rafts, etc
3. a light raft
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THERE'LL behell to payif thewife catches me lying on the floor withanattractive model," says the spry fella, all mock innocence andwide eyes, as he stretches out by the tenement blocks he builtwith balsawood strips, held together withglue, love and memories.
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