black gum
noun Date: 1709 a tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) of the eastern United States with light and soft but tough wood

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Black 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • black gum — ☆ black gum n. a tall, deciduous tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) with sour purple fruits and leaves that turn scarlet in the fall, found in moist forests of the E U.S. * * * or sour gum Most widely distributed tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica, also known as… …   Universalium

  • Black gum — Black Black (bl[a^]k), a. [OE. blak, AS. bl[ae]c; akin to Icel. blakkr dark, swarthy, Sw. bl[ a]ck ink, Dan. bl[ae]k, OHG. blach, LG. & D. blaken to burn with a black smoke. Not akin to AS. bl[=a]c, E. bleak pallid. [root]98.] 1. Destitute of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • black gum — black′ gum′ n. pln sour gum …   From formal English to slang

  • black gum — ☆ black gum n. a tall, deciduous tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) with sour purple fruits and leaves that turn scarlet in the fall, found in moist forests of the E U.S …   English World dictionary

  • black gum — Tupelo Tu pe*lo, n. [Tupelo, or tupebo, the native American Indian name.] (Bot.) A North American tree ({Nyssa multiflora}) of the Dogwood family, having brilliant, glossy foliage and acid red berries. The wood is crossgrained and very difficult… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • black-gum — miškinė nisa statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Nisinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis, pluoštinis augalas (Nyssa sylvatica), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Nyssa sylvatica angl. black tupelo; black gum; sour gum šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • black gum — noun 1. columnar tree of eastern North America having horizontal limbs and small leaves that emerge late in spring and have brilliant color in early fall • Syn: ↑sour gum, ↑pepperidge, ↑Nyssa sylvatica • Hypernyms: ↑tupelo, ↑tupelo tree 2. a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • black-gum — n. Sour gum, yellow gum (Nyssa villosa) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • black gum. — See sour gum. * * * …   Universalium

  • black gum — /ˈblæk gʌm / (say blak gum) noun any of several eucalypts with an overall darkish appearance …   Australian English dictionary

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