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

  • n. See gum1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A eucalyptus tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The black gum (Nyssa multiflora), one of the largest trees of the Southern States, bearing a small blue fruit, the favorite food of the opossum. Most of the large trees become hollow.
  • n. A tree of the genus Eucalyptus; a eucalypt. See eucalpytus
  • n. The sweet gum tree of the United States (Liquidambar styraciflua), a large and beautiful tree with pointedly lobed leaves and woody burlike fruit. It exudes an aromatic terebinthine juice.
  • n. The sour gum tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See gum, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum


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  • Trim building, petrol pumps, big gum tree growing around one side, a general air of prosperity; the air smelt of eucalyptus oil, the sea, petrol, and frying meat from the caf├ę; the sounds were the chugging of the pump, the cries of sea-birds, voices in conversation, a dog somewhere barking in play; I couldn't put my finger on what should have been there but was not.

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