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noun

a tall, aromatic tree, Liquidambar styraciflua, of the eastern U.S., having star-shaped leaves and fruits in rounded, burlike clusters.
the hard reddish-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
the amber balsam exuded by this tree, used in the manufacture of perfumes and medicines.

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Also called red gum (for defs. 1, 2).

Origin of sweet gum

An Americanism dating back to 1690–1700
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British Dictionary definitions for sweet gum

sweet gum

noun

a North American liquidambar tree, Liquidambar styraciflua, having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sap: the wood (called satin walnut) is used to make furnitureCompare sour gum
the sap of this tree
Often shortened to: red gum
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