red gum

Origin of red gum

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

red gum

noun
  1. any of several trees of the genus Eucalyptus, especially E. camaldulensis, having smooth, gray bark.
  2. the hard, reddish wood of this tree, used for making railroad ties, fence posts, etc.
  3. sweet gum(defs 1, 2).

Origin of red gum

First recorded in 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for red gum

Historical Examples of red gum

  • A short time ago fifteen fine, red-gum logs 16 feet long were received from Sardis, Miss.

    Seasoning of Wood

    Joseph B. Wagner


British Dictionary definitions for red gum

red gum

noun
  1. any of several Australian myrtaceous trees of the genus Eucalyptus, esp E. camaldulensis, which has reddish woodSee also blue gum
  2. the hard red wood from this tree, used for making railway sleepers, posts, etc
  3. another name for sweet gum
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