chicle

[ chik-uh l ]
/ ˈtʃɪk əl /

noun

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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chicle

/ (ˈtʃɪkəl) /

noun

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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