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English Dictionary: gum by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
gum
n
  1. a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing
    Synonym(s): chewing gum, gum
  2. the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth
    Synonym(s): gingiva, gum
  3. any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
  4. cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive
    Synonym(s): glue, gum, mucilage
  5. wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum
    Synonym(s): gumwood, gum
  6. any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum
    Synonym(s): gum tree, gum
v
  1. cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum; "if you gum the tape it is stronger"
  2. grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty; "the old man had no teeth left and mumbled his food"
    Synonym(s): mumble, gum
  3. become sticky
  4. exude or form gum; "these trees gum in the Spring"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Kauri resin \Kauri resin\, gum \gum\, [or] copal \copal\
      A resinous product of the kauri, found in the form of yellow
      or brown lumps in the ground where the trees have grown. It
      is used for making varnish, and as a substitute for amber.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gum \Gum\, n. [OE. gome, AS. gama palate; akin Co G. gaumen,
      OHG. goumo, guomo, Icel. g[?]mr, Sw. gom; cf. Gr. [?] to
      gape.]
      The dense tissues which invest the teeth, and cover the
      adjacent parts of the jaws.
  
      {Gum rash} (Med.), strophulus in a teething child; red gum.
           
  
      {Gum stick}, a smooth hard substance for children to bite
            upon while teething.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gum \Gum\, v. t.
      To deepen and enlarge the spaces between the teeth of (a worn
      saw). See {Gummer}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gum \Gum\, n. [OE. gomme, gumme, F. gomme, L. gummi and commis,
      fr. Gr. [?], prob. from an Egyptian form kam[?]; cf. It.
      {gomma}.]
      1. A vegetable secretion of many trees or plants that hardens
            when it exudes, but is soluble in water; as, gum arabic;
            gum tragacanth; the gum of the cherry tree. Also, with
            less propriety, exudations that are not soluble in water;
            as, gum copal and gum sandarac, which are really resins.
  
      2. (Bot.) See {Gum tree}, {below}.
  
      3. A hive made of a section of a hollow gum tree; hence, any
            roughly made hive; also, a vessel or bin made of a hollow
            log. [Southern U. S.]
  
      4. A rubber overshoe. [Local, U. S.]
  
      {Black gum}, {Blue gum}, {British gum}, etc. See under
            {Black}, {Blue}, etc.
  
      {Gum Acaroidea}, the resinous gum of the Australian grass
            tree ({Xanlhorrh[d2]a}).
  
      {Gum animal} (Zo[94]l.), the galago of West Africa; -- so
            called because it feeds on gums. See {Galago}.
  
      {Gum animi or anim[82]}. See {Anim[82]}.
  
      {Gum arabic}, a gum yielded mostly by several species of
            {Acacia} (chiefly {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 butea}, a gum yielded by the Indian plants {Butea
            frondosa} and {B. superba}, and used locally in tanning
            and in precipitating indigo.
  
      {Gum cistus}, a plant of the genus {Cistus} ({Cistus
            ladaniferus}), a species of rock rose.
  
      {Gum dragon}. See {Tragacanth}.
  
      {Gum elastic}, {Elastic gum}. See {Caoutchouc}.
  
      {Gum elemi}. See {Elemi}.
  
      {Gum juniper}. See {Sandarac}.
  
      {Gum kino}. See under {Kino}.
  
      {Gum lac}. See {Lac}.
  
      {Gum Ladanum}, a fragrant gum yielded by several Oriental
            species of Cistus or rock rose.
  
      {Gum passages}, sap receptacles extending through the
            parenchyma of certain plants ({Amygdalace[91]},
            {Cactace[91]}, etc.), and affording passage for gum.
  
      {Gum pot}, a varnish maker's utensil for melting gum and
            mixing other ingredients.
  
      {Gum resin}, the milky juice of a plant solidified by
            exposure to air; one of certain inspissated saps, mixtures
            of, or having properties of, gum and resin; a resin
            containing more or less mucilaginous and gummy matter.
  
      {Gum sandarac}. See {Sandarac}.
  
      {Gum Senegal}, a gum similar to gum arabic, yielded by trees
            ({Acacia Verek} and {A. Adansoni[84]}) growing in the
            Senegal country, West Africa.
  
      {Gum tragacanth}. See {Tragacanth}.
  
      {Gum tree}, the name given to several trees in America and
            Australia:
            (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.} 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.
  
      {Gum water}, a solution of gum, esp. of gum arabic, in water.
           
  
      {Gum wood}, the wood of any gum tree, esp. the wood of the
            {Eucalyptus piperita}, of New South Wales.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gum \Gum\, v. i.
      To exude or from gum; to become gummy.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gum \Gum\, v. t. [imp. &. p. {Gummed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Gumming}.]
      To smear with gum; to close with gum; to unite or stiffen by
      gum or a gumlike substance; to make sticky with a gumlike
      substance.
  
               He frets likke a gummed velvet.Shak.
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