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{adj: buoyant, floaty} tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas
"buoyant balloons"
"buoyant balsawood boats"
"a floaty scarf"

{n: balsa, Ochroma lagopus} forest tree of lowland Central America having a strong very light wood; used for making floats and rafts and in crafts

{n: balsa, balsa wood} strong lightweight wood of the balsa tree used especially for floats

{n: balsam fir, balm of Gilead, Canada balsam, Abies balsamea} medium-sized fir of northeastern North America; leaves smell of balsam when crushed; much used for pulpwood and Christmas trees

{n: black cottonwood, Western balsam poplar, Populus trichocarpa} cottonwood of western North America with dark green leaves shining above and rusty or silvery beneath

{n: lightness, weightlessness} the property of being comparatively small in weight
"the lightness of balsa wood"
<-> heaviness

{n: tolu tree, tolu balsam tree, Myroxylon balsamum, Myroxylon toluiferum} medium-sized tropical American tree yielding tolu balsam and a fragrant hard wood used for high-grade furniture and cabinetwork


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