noun Southern and South Midland U.S.
a gum tree, hollowed especially by decay, in which bees live or from which hives are made.
What Does The “Bee” In Spelling Bee Mean Exactly?By the late eighteenth century, bee had become commonly referred to the joining of neighbors to work on a single activity to help a neighbor in need
Origin of bee gum
An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for bee gum
It was a very useless thing, and foolish too, to be throwing a cat into a bee-gum; for this was nothing else.The Memories of Fifty Years|William H. Sparks
Them two boys will fight a bee-gum o' sucklin' wildcats—tooth and toe-nail.In Happy Valley|John Fox
Well, I am going back for a bee-gum I saw in a fence corner.The Prodigal Judge|Vaughan Kester