#GermanWordOfTheWeek 6: Guttapercha

The Chemical Structure of Gutta-Percha (MarkusZi, WikiCommons, Created: 1 April 2011).
The Chemical Structure of Gutta-Percha (MarkusZi, WikiCommons, Created: 1 April 2011).

Guttapercha (engl. gutta-percha): Sometimes also referred to as "Gutta". Derived from the malay words "getah" (rubber) and "percha" (tree). The German noun is feminine and neuter ("die" or "das"). It is the sap of the tree "Palaquium gutta" that is found in Sumatra, Malaysia, Singapore and Borneo.

Gutta-percha is a natural thermoplastic that is widely used in the form of gutta-percha points in dentistry for root canal fillings.