sweet gum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sweet gum a North American tree of the genus Liquidambar having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sap
    • n sweet gum aromatic exudate from the sweet gum tree
    • n sweet gum reddish-brown wood and lumber from heartwood of the sweet gum tree used to make furniture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first brand of Wrigley's chewing gum was called "Vassar", after the New England woman's college. Next were "Lotta" and "Sweet Sixteen Orange."
    • Sweet gum (Bot) an American tree (Liquidambar styraciflua). See Liquidambar.
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Usage

In literature:

So then Anthea said, 'I'm sure a magic fire ought to be made of sweet-smelling wood, and have magic gums and essences and things in it.
"The Phoenix and the Carpet" by E. Nesbit
The woods were full of nut trees and we had a few maple and sweet gum trees.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
De preacher had a big pavilion covered wid sweet-gum branches an' carpeted wid sawdust.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
For dyeing thread and cloth, red oak bark, sweet gum bark and shoe make roots were boiled in water.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
There are various sweet-smelling gums that flow from Arabian trees.
"Far Off" by Favell Lee Mortimer
Therefore he was abroad when Douglas was gummed with the poisonous sweet of Kansas and Nebraska.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
It was several hours until night, and he rode southward through the forest which consisted chiefly of oak, ash, maple and sweet gum.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But Madame Valiere only agreed to a week's trial of this, for she had a sweet tooth among the few in her gums.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Then there were the sweet-gums, fragrant and star-leaved, and the black-gum, tough, dark, and unpretending.
"What Might Have Been Expected" by Frank R. Stockton
A convenient cake that insures beautiful teeth, healthy, gums and a sweet breath.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Each became an oak, or a pine, or a tulip, or a sweet gum, following the nature of the trunks.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
Marm Bender tries rekiverin' him with yarbs, an' kumfrey tea, an' sweet gum sa'v.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Gum, Sweet, 160, 301.
"Wood and Forest" by William Noyes
And gets his wings gummed in the poisonous sweet.
"Domesday Book" by Edgar Lee Masters
Sweet gum, live oak, holly and cedar flourished in low grounds.
"The Stronghold" by Miriam Haynie
It excelled all other birds in beauty of plumage, and fed only on frankincense and sweet gums.
"The Student's Mythology" by Catherine Ann White
Is rich in gums and oils which makes it sweet and fragrant and gives it a pleasant taste.
"Tobacco Leaves" by W. A. Brennan
LIQUIDAMBAR, L. SWEET-GUM TREE.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
The feast usually wound up with chewing gum obtained from the sweet sap of certain trees.
"Star" by Forrestine C. Hooker
Through dripping branches of withewood and star-leaved sweet-gum saplings the path twisted.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
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In poetry:

I thought the earth itself
Under the green gum-tree,
All in the sweet of summer
Reached out to strike at me.
"The Brown Snake" by Douglas Alexander Stewart
The dew-drenched nights of Summer,
When gum-trees are aflower,
In foamy waves of sweetness
Bring round the fairies’ hour.
"Fairies" by Alice Guerin Crist
Flower called to flower in whispers
By sweet caressing names,
And young gum shoots sprang upward
Like woodland altar-flames;
"The Martyr" by Victor James Daley

In news:

Great Smokey Mountains, Tenn. Birch, American beech, maple, cherry, hobblebush, hickory, sweet gum and oak.
They're fairly complicated for such a sweet, passing pleasure: maltitol, gum base, glycerol, carnauba wax and (of course) Yellow 5.
The sweet gum tree creates fireworks in the garden, with star-shape leaves that change to fiery hues in fall.
The roots of a sweet gum tree push through the curb along Westwood Avenue on Monday.
Extra has introduced two new sweet flavors to its line of Dessert Delights gum — Root Beer Float and Rainbow Sherbet.
In a large bowl, whisk together the brown and white rice flours , sweet rice flour , tapioca flour and xanthan gum thoroughly.
Sweet gum trees, often called "gumball" trees, are a nuisance because each one annually drops hundreds of round, prickly seed capsules that can be easy to slip on when walking and are difficult to clean up SJ-R file.
Lots of bubble gum pop, kept short and sweet.
View full size Portland Parks & Recreation A Sweet Gum limb clobbered a Linfield College runner in Duniway Park on Wednesday, sending her to the hospital.
Photos by Ted Buss/Special to the Times Record News Derek Watson, of Complete Lawn Service, maneuvers a stump grinder during final stages of removing a dead sweet gum tree.
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