[chik-uh l]


a gumlike substance obtained from the latex of certain tropical American trees, as the sapodilla, used chiefly in the manufacture of chewing gum.

Nearby words

  1. chickenshit,
  2. chickpea,
  3. chickweed,
  4. chickweed wintergreen,
  5. chiclayo,
  6. chiclero's ulcer,
  7. chiclets,
  8. chicly,
  9. chico,
  10. chicom

Origin of chicle

1860–65, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl tzictli

Also called chicle gum. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chicle



a gumlike substance obtained from the sapodilla; the main ingredient of chewing gumAlso called: chicle gum

Word Origin for chicle

from Spanish, from Nahuatl chictli

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Word Origin and History for chicle



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

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