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.

Origin of gum tree

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

Examples from the Web for gumtree

Historical Examples of gumtree

  • As it ran down the smooth branches of the gumtree and over the leaves it gradually congealed, and formed a white efflorescence.

  • He found Jacky where he had left him at the foot of a gumtree tall and smooth as an admiral's main-mast.

British Dictionary definitions for gumtree


  1. any of various trees that yield gum, such as the eucalyptus, sweet gum, and sour gumSometimes shortened to: gum
  2. Also called: gumwood the wood of the eucalyptus tree
  3. up a gumtree informal in a very awkward position; in difficulties
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