India rubber

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A name used prior to the nineteenth century for raw rubber. India rubber is currently called caoutchouc. Caoutchouc is a yellowish elastic material obtained from the latex of various tropical plants of the genera Hevae and Ficus. The term India rubber now refers to a soft, crumbly rubber eraser.

Synonyms and Related Terms

elastic gum; elastic bitumen; caoutchouc; gutta percha