from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The elastic (middle) layer of the walls of the arteries: an abbreviation of tunica elastica (which see, with cut).
  • n. In physics, a curve such that the reciprocal of the radius of curvature at any point is proportional to the distance of the point from a straight line. Also called elastic curve.


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  • The basic ingredient is the sap or latex of the native Panama Rubber Tree (Castilla elastica).

    Did You Know? Bouncing balls and Mexican ingenuity

  • Well, perhaps not as surprising as you may think, since any good tropical botanist will tell you that the two plants, Castilla elastica and Ipomoea alba are often found in close proximity.

    Did You Know? Bouncing balls and Mexican ingenuity

  • Switch your skinny-down program to easy-on elastica.

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  • In broad terms, in the northern part of the ecoregion, the lowland rainforests correlate to the Brosimun utilis alliance, including communities dominated by the deciduous "cuipo" or "ceiba bonga" tree (Cavanillesia platanifolia), the "aspavé" or wild cashew (Anacardium excelsum), the "táparo" (Catilla elastica), the rubber tree (Castilla elastica), Brosimum guianense, Bombacopsis spp.,

    Chocó-Darién moist forests

  • The most characteristic species are large trees such as Poulsenia armata, Virola sebifera, Pterygota colombiana, Guarea guidonia, Castilla elastica, Ficus macrosyce, Persea americana and the palm (Dictyocarium lamarckianum).

    Santa Marta montane forests

  • (Ficus elastica of Asia) nor aeuphorbia (Siphonia elastica), as in

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  • The natives of Mexico and the West Indies extracted good rubber from Castilla elastica, a tree in the fig family.

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  • For sixty years the British had depended on Ficus elastica, a native of Asia that flourished along the floodplain of the Brahmaputra River.

    One River

  • Gohl (1981) noted that while several species of Ficus were commonly lopped for animal feed, particularly in India and Pakistan, the young leaves of F. elastica were poisonous to most animals, causing profuse sweating, paralysis and eventual death.

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  • Although precise identification of the toxic principles has yet to be made, it is likely that one or more of the chemical groups noted above could be involved in the reported animal mortality resulting from ingestion of F. elastica and F. tsiela.

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