- any tree that exudes gum, as a eucalyptus, the sour gum, or the sweet gum.
- any of various other gum-yielding trees, as the sapodilla.
Origin of gum tree
An Americanism dating back to 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for gum tree
He rejoined his friends at the foot of a gum-tree, where the tent was placed.In Search of the Castaways
Some find the gum-tree “dull,” because it has no flaring, flaunting brightness.Peeps At Many Lands: Australia
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
"He's up a gum-tree instead of under one," he said enigmatically.The Lost Valley
J. M. Walsh