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balsa

bawl suh

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

  • Last week, the balsa was almost ready to sail.
  • As a child in Atlanta, that meant balsa-wood planes and train sets.
  • THOR HEYERDAHL, 87, unorthodox Norwegian adventurer-anthropologist who in 1947 sailed the Kon-Tiki, a tiny balsa raft, from Peru to an island near Tahiti in an attempt to prove his .
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  • Burt Rutan in CBS News
    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."

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