chewing gum


chewing gum

noun

: a type of soft candy that you chew on but do not swallow

Full Definition of CHEWING GUM

:  a sweetened and flavored insoluble plastic material (as a preparation of chicle) used for chewing

Examples of CHEWING GUM

  1. a piece of chewing gum

First Known Use of CHEWING GUM

1850

chewing gum

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sweetened product made from chicle and similar resilient substances that is chewed for its flavour. Tree resins have been chewed as teeth cleaners and breath fresheners since ancient times. The latex (called chicle) of the Central American sapodilla tree was first used to mass-produce chewing gum in the 19th century; its plasticity, insolubility in water, and ability to hold a flavour made it an ideal chewing-gum base. After World War II other gums and synthetic rubbers came to replace chicle.

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