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cotton gum

any of several tupelo trees, especially Nyssa aquatica.
Origin of cotton gum
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; so called from the cottonlike hairs of its seeds Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Twigs are indicated in clammy locust, cotton gum, winged elm.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The tupelo gum, or cotton gum, Nyssa aquatica L., is found in deep river swamps which are flooded during a part of the year.

    Forest Trees of Illinois Fuller George D.

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