chicle

[chik-uh l]
noun
  1. 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

Historical Examples of chicle

  • With chicle at fifty cents a pound at the dock, that should yield a profit.

    The Red Lure

    Roy J. Snell

  • And this tiger is old, fairly gray bearded, the chicle buyer said.

    The Red Lure

    Roy J. Snell

  • The camp in which Johnny had enjoyed his wild turkey dinner was a chicle camp.

    The Red Lure

    Roy J. Snell

  • I import into Honduras every year more than two million pounds of chicle.

    The Red Lure

    Roy J. Snell

  • There is a net profit of twenty-five cents a pound on chicle.

    Forbidden Cargoes

    Roy J. Snell


British Dictionary definitions for chicle

chicle

noun
  1. 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
n.

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

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