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sweet gum
Liquidambar styraciflua

sweet gum

or sweet·gum (swēt′gŭm′)
n.
1. Any of several trees of the genus Liquidambar, especially L. styraciflua of North America and Central America, having palmately lobed leaves, prickly round hanging fruit, and wood formerly used to make furniture.
2. The aromatic resin obtained from this tree.

sweet gum

n
1. (Plants) a North American liquidambar tree, Liquidambar styraciflua, having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sap: the wood (called satin walnut) is used to make furniture. Compare sour gum
2. (Elements & Compounds) the sap of this tree
Often shortened to: red gum

sweet′ gum′


n.
1. a tall, aromatic tree, Liquidambarstyraciflua, of the witch hazel family, native to the eastern U.S., with 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 tree, used in perfumes and medicines.
Also called red gum (for defs. 1,2).
[1690–1700, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sweet gum - reddish-brown wood and lumber from heartwood of the sweet gum tree used to make furnituresweet gum - reddish-brown wood and lumber from heartwood of the sweet gum tree used to make furniture
gumwood, gum - wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum
2.sweet gum - aromatic exudate from the sweet gum treesweet gum - aromatic exudate from the sweet gum tree
American sweet gum, bilsted, Liquidambar styraciflua, sweet gum tree, sweet gum, red gum - a North American tree of the genus Liquidambar having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sap
gum - any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
3.sweet gum - a North American tree of the genus Liquidambar having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sapsweet gum - a North American tree of the genus Liquidambar having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sap
liquidambar - any tree of the genus Liquidambar
liquidambar, sweet gum - aromatic exudate from the sweet gum tree
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The upright white hewn studs and freshly planed door and window casings gave it a clean and airy look, especially in the morning, when its timbers were saturated with dew, so that I fancied that by noon some sweet gum would exude from them.
What I'd long imagined were mature oak groves in the distance turned out to be middle-aged stands of sweet gum.
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Sometimes colour is relatively short-lived although another autumn beauty the Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) spins this out by progressing from a dull plumb toscarlet with other tints in between.
We have many large oak, maple, elm and sweet gum trees on our property.
I enjoy using wood that people do not realize the beauty of until they see a bowl made from it," he says, citing such woods as sweet gum, mimosa, chinaberry, dogwood, and rock elm.
So, as part of a NASA-approved scientific experiment, Roosa carried a soda-can-sized canister full of Douglas fir, loblolly pine, redwood, sweet gum and sycamore seeds to the moon.
Best of the Bunch Sweet gums FOR the ultimate example of trees producing autumn foliage colour, the Sweet Gum, Liquidambar styraciflua, has to take top prize.
Most of the public trees on the street were cleared last year, and the street was reforested with sweet gum trees.
Within the Memorial, each pool will be approximately One acre in size; and situated within the footprints-of the original Towers among a cobblestone lined plaza with hundreds of Sweet Gum and White Oak trees, The mock-up was created primarily to test the weir, a small dam with fingerlike structures, for uniformity in how the water flows from the plaza down into the pool