• A Large Red Gum
    A Large Red Gum
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gumming ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Tupelo Gum Slough A Tupelo Gum Slough
Collecting raw rubber gum Collecting raw rubber gum
Black Gum. Pepperidge Black Gum. Pepperidge

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum
    • n gumming A disease in trees bearing stone-fruits, as cherries, plums, apricots, peaches, and almonds. It is characterized by the production of brown or amber-colored gum that exudes from wounds on the trunk, limbs, or even fruit. The cause has not been satisfactorily determined. Also gum.
    • n gumming The treatment of the prepared and etched lithographic stone with gum-water, to cause the untouched portions to resist the ink. See lithography.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each year approximately half of billions dollars is spent on bubble gum by the kids in North America
    • Gumming act of fastening with gum, esp. the application of gum-water to a lithographic stone: a disease, marked by a discharge of gum, affecting stone-fruit
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  • Elbert Hubbard
    “This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.”
  • Dilys Laing
    Dilys Laing
    “Women receive he insults of men with tolerance, having been bitten in the nipple by their toothless gums.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    “Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.”
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    “TV -- chewing gum for the eyes.”


Up a gum tree - (AU) If you're up a gum tree, you're in trouble or a big mess.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. gomme—L. gummi—Gr. kommi; prob. Coptic komē, gum.


In literature:

In the dysentery, the red gum of the tree which principally abounds on this coast, was found a very powerful remedy.
"The Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay" by Arthur Phillip
Later, the patient may have sore mouth, loss of hair, bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and diarrhea.
"In Time Of Emergency" by Department of Defense
It grew to a considerable size, and yielded a peculiar sap or gum.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
So that, if we extract 24-100ths of a grain of carbon from 100 grains of sugar, we convert them into gum.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Dipping my brush in the glue, I gummed all the extreme outer edges.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
They went into the Old Mill, and down into the Mimic Mine, and sailed through the painted Venice, eating candy and chewing gum and shouting.
"The Girl from Montana" by Grace Livingston Hill
Round ones are best and those ready gummed do well if carefully put on.
"A Library Primer" by John Cotton Dana
The view to the north is over a large plain of gums, mulga, and spinifex, with watercourses running through it.
"A Source Book Of Australian History" by Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
Both are sweet-smelling gums and both came originally from Arabia.
"Topsy-Turvy Land" by Samuel M. Zwemer
With other people he was Gum, or Mr. Gum, or Clerk Gum: Jabez with them.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
A light dawned on him, for he knew that Injun was very fond of chewing-gum.
"Injun and Whitey to the Rescue" by William S. Hart
You will find on the trunk and branches more or less of a sticky substance called gum.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
The natives eat this gum to allay the pangs of hunger, but it is not believed that human life could long be sustained upon it.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Maturin M. Ballou
Gummed and varnished stock are likely to break small pieces off the knife edge.
"Paper-Cutting Machines" by Niel, Jr., Gray
He once had a duel with Colonel Gumly, Lady Bath's brother, who had been his great friend.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 2 of 2)" by George Warburton
Freedom from tendency to decompose or to change in composition by gumming or otherwise, on exposure to the air (79) while in use.
"Friction, Lubrication and the Lubricants in Horology" by William T. Lewis
This worthy penciller owned the Gum Tree Hotel, and his name was Aaron Hyam.
"Settling Day" by Nat Gould
As a popular illustration of the sort of yarns that were told, let me refer to the foolish fake of the gum drops.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
Is rich in gums and oils which makes it sweet and fragrant and gives it a pleasant taste.
"Tobacco Leaves" by W. A. Brennan
And he made ants, little tiny ants, to live on that bush, on its gum which comes out of its stem.
"Aw-Aw-Tam Indian Nights" by J. William Lloyd

In poetry:

Oh, the breath of the summer morning,
The gleam of dew on the grass,
The incense of white gum blossoms
That strew our path as we pass.
"The First School Day" by Alice Guerin Crist
He brought the deadly gum; with it
he brought some leaves, a withered bough,
while rivulets of icy sweat
ran slowly down his livid brow.
"The Upas Tree" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
I've seen the paddocks all ablaze
When spring in golden glory comes,
The purple hills of summer days,
The autumn ochres through the gums;
"Come, Sing Australian songs to me!" by John O Brien
Wal, Thanksgivin' do be comin' round.
With the price of turkeys on the bound,
And coal, by gum! Thet were just found,
Is surely gettin' cheaper.
"Ezra on the Strike" by Ezra Pound
A king lies dead, his wafer duly eaten,
His gold-bought masses given;
And Rome's great altar smokes with gums to sweeten
Her foulest gift to Heaven.
"In Remembrance Of Joseph Sturge" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I started off with a dump-diddle-dump,
(Oh, hell’s broke loose in Georgia!)
Skunk-cabbage growin' by the bee-gum stump,
(Whippoorwill, yo're singin’ now!)
"The Mountain Whippoorwill" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

Everybody knows there's no magic pill to lose weight, but a magic gum.
Why do people chew gum.
Minty Kisses is currently offering FREE samples of their chewing gum .
Revolymer Ltd has launched Rev7, a confectionery chewing gum with long-lasting flavor.
The product is also removable and degradable, making it the first commercially available environmentally-friendly gum.
Chewing gum smacks of wrinkle risks.
Chew Gum to Relieve Stress.
Chewing gum ruse leads to arrest in 1976 cold case murder.
Are Michigan roads held together by 'duct tape and chewing gum'.
Unlike food, gum provides no sustenance.
I popped a piece of gum and put on chapstick to make sure I was prepared.
Gums flapping about flopping fines.
For 63 years, American kids have been playing Candyland, with its Gum Drop Mountain and Queen Frostine.
Is There a Link Between Mother's Milk and Preventing Gum Disease.
Carole Ann Veney -Booker, a member of the Gum Springs community for more than 30 years, died on Tuesday, July 22 Arlington Hospital Center.

In science:

The ob ject with dense contours to the left of the sun is the Gum Nebula.
The interstellar clouds of Adams and Blaauw revisited: an HI absorption study - I
By way of gumming up the works, Ma et al. (2006) present a 12.4 Gyr old cluster in M31 which, if bound (as its age would seem to require) has a total mass near 3 × 107 M⊙ and a normal IMF.
Astrophysics in 2006
Black gums and Carolina ashes are significantly segregated for t > 2 m.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
All tests are significant for the two-sided alternative implying deviation from CSR independence, and among the directional tests, right-sided tests are significant, indicating significant segregation between black gums and bald cypresses.
Directional Clustering Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Wide dashed lines are the upper and lower (pointwise) 95 % confidence bounds for the functions based on Monte Carlo simulations under the CSR independence pattern. B.G. = black gums and B.C. = bald cypresses.
Directional Clustering Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
T /T , one in a region of the sky µ Peg, the second near GUM.
Modern Cosmology and Structure Formation
T /T , one in a region of the sky µ Peg, the second near GUM.
Formation of Structure in the Universe
The data from most of the scans are in good agreement but the scan of the µ-Pegasi region is significantly lower than the rest. A combination of all the data seems to be coming out at an intermediate value between GUM and µ-Pegasi regions and may all be consistent with coming from a single parent population .
The Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Experiments
The center of the scan is the same for the three observations of GUM (the star Gamma Ursae Minoris) but the relative geometry is such that the three scans made bow-tie patterns which cross at the star.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Experiments
The regions of enhanced electron density (ne ) are also thought to be plausible sites for enhanced scattering (e.g. the Gum Nebula), though the exact relationship between these two is not clearly known.
Pulsar Scintillation in the Local ISM: Loop I and Beyond
While this work has concentrated on Loop I, our most prominent such neighbor, other nearby examples include the Eridanus bubble, the Gum Nebula and possibly radio Loops II and III.
Pulsar Scintillation in the Local ISM: Loop I and Beyond
The Vela supernova remnant has been shown to be embedded in a hot bubble confined by the shell of the Gum Nebula (Aschenbach, Egger & Tr¨umper 1995).
Pulsar Scintillation in the Local ISM: Loop I and Beyond
The plot contains trees from 13 different tree species, of which we only consider the live trees from two species, namely, black gums and bald cypresses.
On the Use of Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables for Testing Spatial Segregation
The percentage values are also suggestive of segregation, especially for black gum trees.
On the Use of Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables for Testing Spatial Segregation
The directional (one-sided) tests indicate that black gum trees and bald cypresses are significantly segregated.
On the Use of Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables for Testing Spatial Segregation