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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.
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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
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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.]
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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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