water gum


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water gum

n
1. (Plants) any of several gum trees, esp Nyssa biflora (or tupelo), of swampy areas of North America: family Nyssaceae
2. (Plants) any of several Australian myrtaceous trees, esp Tristania laurina, of swampy ground

wa′ter gum`


n.
any of several Australian trees of the myrtle family, growing near water.
[1840–50]
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Noun1.water gum - columnar swamp tree of southeastern to midwestern North America yielding pale soft easily worked woodwater gum - columnar swamp tree of southeastern to midwestern North America yielding pale soft easily worked wood
tupelo tree, tupelo - any of several gum trees of swampy areas of North America
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Low-growing crape myrtle and water gum (Tristaniopsis laurina), for example, make handsome patio trees.
Perhaps the lack of a common name has discouraged familiarity (Australians call it water gum or kanooka, both dispiriting names).
Once the water gums up the high-pressure fuel pump, your day on the boat becomes a ball of wax.