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noun
a tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of eastern North America, having elliptic leaves, dark-blue, berrylike fruit, and wood with a variety of commercial uses.
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Also called black gum, beetlebung, pepperidge.
Compare tupelo.

Origin of sour gum

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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sour gum

noun
a cornaceous tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of the eastern US, having glossy leaves, soft wood, and sour purplish fruitsAlso called: black gum, pepperidge See also tupelo Compare sweet gum
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