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guar gum


See under guar.


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Nearby words

guanxi, guanyin, guanylic acid, guaporé, guar, guar gum, guar., guaracha, guarana, guarani, guarantee

Origin of guar gum

First recorded in 1945–50

Definition for guar gum (2 of 2)


[ gwahr ]
/ gwɑr /


a plant, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus, of the legume family, grown as a forage crop and for its seeds, which produce a gum (guar gum) used as a thickening agent and stabilizer in foods and pharmaceuticals and as sizing for paper and cloth.

Origin of guar

First recorded in 1880–85, guar is from the Hindi word guār Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for guar gum


/ (ɡwɑː) /


a leguminous Indian plant, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus, grown as a fodder crop and for the gum obtained from its seeds
Also called: guar gum a gum obtained from the seeds of this plant, used as a stabilizer and thickening agent in food (E412) and as sizing for paper

Word Origin for guar

C19: from Hindi
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Medicine definitions for guar gum

guar gum

[ gwär ]


A water-soluble paste made from the seeds of the guar plant and used as a thickener and stabilizer in foods and pharmaceuticals.
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