gum arabic


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gum arabic gum from an acacia tree; used as a thickener (especially in candies and pharmaceuticals)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gum arabic , a gum yielded mostly by several species of Acaciachiefly A. vera and A. Arabica) growing in Africa and Southern Asia; -- called also gum acacia. East Indian gum arabic comes from a tree of the Orange family which bears the elephant apple.
    • Gum arabic See under Gum.
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In literature:

They live on thorns and the top shoots of the gum-arabic tree, although it is armed with the most frightful spikes.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
Rinse in clear, lukewarm water in which has been dissolved a small piece of gum arabic.
"Armour's Monthly Cook Book, Volume 2, No. 12, October 1913" by Various
Dissolve one-half ounce Gum Arabic in one-half pint Hot Water; add all together and let stand four days.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
M. M. Mucilage, as isinglass, hartshorn jelly, gum arabic.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Another author likens it to gum arabic.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
For Industry, behold the arrival of pincers, gum arabic, "Pittsburgh cord" at 21c.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson
Soak four ounces of gum arabic in a cupful of water until it is dissolved.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
The gum-arabic will prevent the chalk from cracking and falling off.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
Certain viscous liquids such as solutions of gum arabic or chloride of zinc do not produce these forms.
"The Mechanism of Life" by Stéphane Leduc
Silks may be stiffened by adding two or three lumps of sugar, or half a teaspoonful of gum Arabic to the water.
"The Copeland Method" by Vanness Copeland

In news:

Gum arabic pinch of cinnamon pinch of powdered ginger pinch of ground cloves as needed, white sugar.
Watercolor , as a medium for the artist, is activated by the addition of water in varying amounts to pigment/color which contains gum arabic to bind the two together.