British gum

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • British gum a brownish substance, very soluble in cold water, formed by heating dry starch at a temperature of about 600° Fahr. It corresponds, in its properties, to dextrin, and is used, in solution, as a substitute for gum in stiffering goods.
    • British gum See under Black Blue, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

The British slept that night without tents round fires of kauri gum, but next morning all was astir for the attack.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
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In news:

A new British study suggests that chewing flavorless gum can interfere with short-term memory.
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