Blue gum
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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) See {Gum tree}, {below}. [1913 Webster]

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.] [1913 Webster]

4. A rubber overshoe. [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{Black gum}, {Blue gum}, {British gum}, etc. See under {Black}, {Blue}, etc.

{Gum Acaroidea}, the resinous gum of the Australian grass tree ({Xanlhorrh[oe]a}).

{Gum animal} (Zo["o]l.), the galago of West Africa; -- so called because it feeds on gums. See {Galago}.

{Gum animi or anim['e]}. See {Anim['e]}.

{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[ae]}, {Cactace[ae]}, 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["a]}) growing in the Senegal country, West Africa.

{Gum tragacanth}. See {Tragacanth}.

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • blue gum — blue′ gum n. pln a large, extensively planted eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus[/ex] • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • blue gum — n. a large evergreen tree (Eucalyptus globulus) of the myrtle family, native to Australia, having smooth, deciduous bark and aromatic leaves: grown extensively in California …   English World dictionary

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  • blue gum — noun tall fast growing timber tree with leaves containing a medicinal oil; young leaves are bluish • Syn: ↑fever tree, ↑Eucalyptus globulus • Hypernyms: ↑eucalyptus, ↑eucalypt, ↑eucalyptus tree * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • blue gum — /ˈblu gʌm/ (say blooh gum) noun any of several species of Eucalyptus with bluish coloured bark and leaves, especially the Tasmanian blue gum, Eucalyptus globulus, and the Sydney blue gum, Eucalyptus saligna. –bluegum, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • blue gum — dvokusis eukaliptas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Mirtinių šeimos medieninis, medingas augalas (Eucalyptus tereticornis), paplitęs Australijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Eucalyptus tereticornis angl. blue gum; forest red gum; stinking gum… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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  • blue gum — noun Date: 1799 any of several Australian trees (genus Eucalyptus) that yield valuable timber …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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