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chicle

[chik-uh l] /ˈtʃɪk əl/
noun
1.
a gumlike substance obtained from the latex of certain tropical American trees, as the sapodilla, used chiefly in the manufacture of chewing gum.
Also called chicle gum.
Origin of chicle
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl tzictli
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  • With chicle at fifty cents a pound at the dock, that should yield a profit.

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  • And this tiger is old, fairly gray bearded, the chicle buyer said.

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  • The camp in which Johnny had enjoyed his wild turkey dinner was a chicle camp.

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  • I import into Honduras every year more than two million pounds of chicle.

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  • There is a net profit of twenty-five cents a pound on chicle.

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  • The bleeding season for chicle begins with the first rainfall.

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  • And about it, above, below, on every side were other sacks of chicle.

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  • The whole pile of chicle at that end is gone, and the silver box with it!

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  • I sent them with four pit-pan loads of chicle down the river.

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  • A few sacks of chicle had drifted away in the night, that was all.

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British Dictionary definitions for chicle

chicle

/ˈtʃɪkəl/
noun
1.
a gumlike substance obtained from the sapodilla; the main ingredient of chewing gum Also called chicle gum
Word Origin
from Spanish, from Nahuatl chictli
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Word Origin and History for chicle
n.

1889, American English (in chicle-gum), from Mexican Spanish chicle, from Nahuatl (Aztec) tzictli.

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