verb (used with object), de·gummed, de·gum·ming.
  1. to free from gum.
  2. to remove sericin from (silk filaments or yarn) by boiling in a soap solution; boil off.

Origin of degum

First recorded in 1885–90; de- + gum1
Related formsde·gum·mer, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018