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Definition of BLACK GUM
: a tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) of the eastern United States with light and soft but tough wood
First Known Use of BLACK GUM
Most widely distributed tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica, also known as black tupelo or pepperidge tree. It is found in moist areas of the eastern U.S. from Maine south to the Gulf Coast and westward to Oklahoma. Its wood is light and soft but tough. The black gum is sometimes grown as an ornamental and is prized for its brilliant scarlet autumnal foliage.