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caoutchouc


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caoutchouc  \Caout"chouc\,  n.  [F.  caoutchouc,  from  the  South 
  American  name.] 
  A  tenacious,  elastic,  gummy  substance  obtained  from  the  milky 
  sap  of  several  plants  of  tropical  South  America  (esp.  the 
  euphorbiaceous  tree  {Siphonia  elastica}  or  {Hevea 
  caoutchouc}),  Asia,  and  Africa.  Being  impermeable  to  liquids 
  and  gases,  and  not  readly  affected  by  exposure  to  air,  acids, 
  and  alkalies,  it  is  used  especially  when  vulcanized,  for 
  many  purposes  in  the  arts  and  in  manufactures.  Also  called 
  {India  rubber}  (because  it  was  first  brought  from  India,  and 
  was  formerly  used  chiefly  for  erasing  pencil  marks)  and  {gum 
  elastic}.  See  {Vulcanization}. 
 
  {Mineral  caoutchouc}.  See  under  {Mineral}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  caoutchouc 
  n  :  latex  from  trees  (especially  trees  of  the  genera  Hevea  and 
  Ficus)  [syn:  {rubber},  {India  rubber},  {gum  elastic}] 




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