from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Architecture One of a series of small ornaments in the shape of truncated cones used on a Doric entablature.
  • n. Pharmacology A drop, as of liquid medicine.

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  • n. A small water-repelling, cone-shaped projection used in the architrave of the Doric order in classical architecture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A drop.
  • n. One of a series of ornaments, in the form of a frustum of a cone, attached to the lower part of the triglyphs, and also to the lower faces of the mutules, in the Doric order; -- called also campana, and drop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A drop; specifically, in architecture, one of a series of pendent ornaments, generally in the form of the frustum of a cone, but sometimes cylindrical, attached to the under side of the mutules and regulæ of the Doric entablature.
  • n. In pharmacy, a drop: usually, and in prescriptions, written gt., plural gtt.
  • n. In zoology, a small spot, generally of a round or oval form, and not differing much in shade from the ground-color, as if made by a drop of water; any small color-spot, especially when guttiform.
  • n. Same as guttapercha.
  • n. A colorless pulverulent compound, C10H16, contained in gutta-percha. It begins to melt at 180° C., and loses its flexibility on exposure to air and light.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin, drop.

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From Middle English gutta, from Latin gutta


  • Guttate is from the Latin word gutta, meaning "drop".


  • I love the signage from three different eras, and the erupting thick black wires that look like they've been dipped in gutta percha -- it's my favorite kind of London streetscene, walls that have been scarred and repurposed as the technologies of municipal living changed.

    Boing Boing

  • Mazer wood was what we now term gutta percha, the question may be propounded, how could Tradescant have procured it from its remote _locale_?

    Notes and Queries, Number 74, March 29, 1851 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

  • The manufacturing process for hard rubber (alternatively known as gutta percha and India Rubber) was patented by Charles Goodyear in 1851, and the product was essentially the period equivalent of plastic.

    2006 Field Report 4 « Interactive Dig Johnson's Island – Unlocking a Civil War Prison

  • This plant also known as the gutta-percha tree, has been an important economic plant and is endemic to the mountainous regions of China.

    2. China

  • The silk slurps up color instantly, so first she outlines every leaf, every petal, every stem with a permanent latex-like material known as gutta (GUT-uh).


  • The gutta is a "resist," a medium that stops the penetration of other liquids.


  • In Bengal a kind of gutta percha is made by boiling the juice.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • The British are more interested in the minerals and jungle produce, such as gutta-percha, rattan, rubber, and birds 'nests, than in the cultivation of plantations.

    Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania

  • The Captain bestowed a freezing look on his flippant _protégé_ and then commenced a very grave discussion of future ways and means, which ended in an immediate departure for Paris, where the two men entered upon an unpretentious career in the commercial line as agents and travellers for the patentees of an improved kind of gutta percha, which material was supposed to be applicable to every imaginable purpose, from the sole of an infant's boot to the roof of a cathedral.

    Birds of Prey


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  • (n): 1. (architecture, archaic) a small, drop- or peg-like ornamentation on a Doric entablature.

    cf. mutule

    2. a gum which forms the chief constituent of gutta-percha, extracted as a white amorphous compound. (Malay, getah, gum).

    January 11, 2009