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 (chĭk′əl, chē′klĕ)
The coagulated milky latex of the sapodilla, formerly used as the principal ingredient of chewing gum.

[Spanish, from Nahuatl tzictli, from tzicoa, to seize, hold, stick something to something else .]
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(Cookery) a gumlike substance obtained from the sapodilla; the main ingredient of chewing gum. Also called: chicle gum
[from Spanish, from Nahuatl chictli]
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(ˈtʃɪk əl)

a gumlike substance obtained from the latex of certain tropical American trees, as the sapodilla, used chiefly in chewing gum.
[1860–65, Amer.; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl tzictli]
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Noun1.chicle - gum-like substance from the sapodilla
chewing gum, gum - a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing
gum - any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
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nChiclegummi m
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References in periodicals archive ?
The sap is boiled and becomes a firm, flavorless, snappy gum called chicle.
What they all are chewing is chicle, a word derived from the Nahuatl tzictli, made from the resinous latex of the Malinkara zapota tree native to the jungles of southern Mexico and Central America.
Los efectos adversos del chicle de nicotina son dispepsia, dolor mandibular, hipo y dolor en la cavidad oral.
Chicle; the chewing gum of the Americas, from the ancient Maya to William Wrigley.
CHICLE: THE CHEWING GUM OF THE AMERICAS, FROM THE ANCIENT MAYA TO WILLIAM WRIGLEY offers a fine and lively history of chewing gum production in the Americas.
The workers extract natural gum from the sap of the chicle tree, which is then used to make the product.
Today most chewing gums are made with synthetic gum bases; however, there are certain gums still available on the market that are made from chicle, a latex extracted from the trunk of Manilkara zapota, more commonly known as the Sapodilla Tree.