balsa balsa  /ˈbɔl sə/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) strong lightweight wood of the balsa tree used especially for floats
  2. (n) forest tree of lowland Central America having a strong very light wood; used for making floats and rafts and in crafts

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. As a child in Atlanta, that meant balsa-wood planes and train sets.
  2. A moment before the start he broke the cardboard-thin-propeller, carved from a single block of balsa.
  3. The crude raft was made of balsa logs, the longest 45 ft.

News

  1. Solar-powered plane will have down-to-earth energy benefits - Tue, 18 Jun 2013 PST

    CHANTILLY, Va. – The plane parked outside the airport looks more like a giant exotic insect or maybe an outsized balsa wood toy airplane. When it’s in flight, there’s no ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Spokesman-Review

  2. Official: Solar plane to help energy use on ground - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

    CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - The plane parked outside the airport looks more like a giant exotic insect or maybe an outsized balsa wood toy airplane. When it's in flight, there's no roar of jet engines. It's strangely quiet. And as it crisscrosses America, the spindly plane doesn't use a drop of fuel.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Quincy Herald-Whig

  3. Official: Solar plane to help energy use on ground

    The plane parked outside the airport looks more like a giant exotic insect or maybe an outsized balsa wood toy airplane. When it's in flight, there's no roar of jet engines. It's strangely quiet. And as ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  • "I was fascinated by putting balsa wood together and seeing how it would fly," Rutan says. "And when I started having the capability to do contests and actually win a trophy by making a better model, then I was hooked."
    on Nov 7, 2004 By: Burt Rutan Source: CBS News

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