sweet gum
noun Date: 1700 1. a North American tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) of the witch-hazel family with palmately lobed glossy green leaves, corky twigs, a round spiny brown fruit cluster, and hard wood 2. the smooth reddish-brown wood of the sweet gum

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Sweet gum — Sweet Sweet, a. [Compar. {Sweeter}; superl. {Sweetest}.] [OE. swete, swote, sote, AS. sw[=e]te; akin to OFries. sw[=e]te, OS. sw[=o]ti, D. zoet, G. s[ u]ss, OHG. suozi, Icel. s[ae]tr, s[oe]tr, Sw. s[ o]t, Dan. s[ o]d, Goth. suts, L. suavis, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweet gum — sweet′ gum′ n. 1) pln a tall, aromatic tree, Liquidambar styraciflua, of the witch hazel family, native to the eastern U.S., with star shaped leaves and fruits in rounded, burlike clusters 2) pln the hard reddish brown wood of this tree, used for …   From formal English to slang

  • sweet gum — n a No. American tree of the genus Liquidambar (L. styraciflua) with a round spiny brown fruit cluster and an inner bark that is the source of American storax …   Medical dictionary

  • sweet gum — [ US ˈ. .] n a tree with hard wood and groups of seeds like ↑prickly balls, common in North America …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sweet gum — ☆ sweet gum n. 1. a large North American tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) of the witch hazel family, with alternate maplelike leaves, spiny fruit balls, and fragrant juice 2. the wood of this tree 3. STORAX (n. 1) …   English World dictionary

  • sweet gum — noun 1. a North American tree of the genus Liquidambar having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sap • Syn: ↑sweet gum tree, ↑bilsted, ↑red gum, ↑American sweet gum, ↑Liquidambar styraciflua • Hypernyms: ↑liquidambar …   Useful english dictionary

  • sweet gum — 1. a tall, aromatic tree, Liquidambar styraciflua, of the eastern U.S., having star shaped leaves and fruits in rounded, burlike clusters. 2. the hard reddish brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture. 3. the amber balsam exuded by this… …   Universalium

  • sweet-gum — tikrasis dervamedis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Altingijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Liquidambar styraciflua), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. Iš jo gaunami eterinis aliejus ir derva. atitikmenys: lot. Liquidambar… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • sweet gum — /ˈswit gʌm/ (say sweet gum) noun → liquidambar (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • sweet gum — noun a North American liquidambar tree which yields a balsam and decorative heartwood. [Liquidambar styraciflua.] …   English new terms dictionary

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