- a gumlike substance obtained from the latex of certain tropical American trees, as the sapodilla, used chiefly in the manufacture of chewing gum.
Origin of chicle
1860–65, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl tzictli
Also called chicle gum.
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Examples from the Web for chicle
With chicle at fifty cents a pound at the dock, that should yield a profit.
And this tiger is old, fairly gray bearded, the chicle buyer said.
The camp in which Johnny had enjoyed his wild turkey dinner was a chicle camp.
I import into Honduras every year more than two million pounds of chicle.
There is a net profit of twenty-five cents a pound on chicle.Forbidden Cargoes
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- a gumlike substance obtained from the sapodilla; the main ingredient of chewing gumAlso called: chicle gum
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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