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red gum

noun
1.
any of several trees of the genus Eucalyptus, especially E. camaldulensis, having smooth, gray bark.
2.
the hard, reddish wood of this tree, used for making railroad ties, fence posts, etc.
3.
sweet gum (defs 1, 2).
Origin of red gum
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90

red gum

noun, Pathology.
Origin
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40
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  • Wherever his hunters came upon a red gum tree they cut it down.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • red gum reproduces both by seed and by sprouts (see Fig. 12).

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • It went out of sight, it and its rider, round the bend where the red gum lay.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
  • It was claimed that the common defects of red gum were thus overcome.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • This figure is one of the most prized properties of red gum.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • About our settlements they are often seen with their noses painted with a red gum.

  • The timber was but small, the diameter of the largest, a red gum, 18 inches.

  • The trees were the liquidambar styraciflua, sweet or red gum, and were sent from the South.

  • Sanders had tried many methods and had hit upon the red gum border as a solution to a great difficulty.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • The rise of red gum lumber into prominence forms an interesting chapter in the industry.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for red gum

red gum

noun
1.
any of several Australian myrtaceous trees of the genus Eucalyptus, esp E. camaldulensis, which has reddish wood See also blue gum
2.
the hard red wood from this tree, used for making railway sleepers, posts, etc
3.
another name for sweet gum
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