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gum tree

  1. any tree that exudes gum, as a eucalyptus, the sour gum, or the sweet gum.
  2. any of various other gum-yielding trees, as the sapodilla.
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Origin of gum tree

An Americanism dating back to 1670–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gum tree

Historical Examples of gum tree

  • He rejoined his friends at the foot of a gum-tree, where the tent was placed.

    In Search of the Castaways

    Jules Verne

  • Some find the gum-tree “dull,” because it has no flaring, flaunting brightness.

  • But some have been found made of the blossoms of the eucalyptus, or gum-tree.

    The Children's Book of Birds

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • But the gum-tree is as distinctive of Australia as are the emu and the kangaroo.

    Australian Pictures

    Howard Willoughby

  • "He's up a gum-tree instead of under one," he said enigmatically.

    The Lost Valley

    J. M. Walsh