gum tree


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

gum tree \gum" tree`\ n.
   Any tree that exudes a gum, such as:
   (a) 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.
   (b) A tree of the genus Eucalyptus; a eucalypt. See
       Eucalpytus.
   (c) 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.
   (d) The sour gum tree.
       [1913 Webster]
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