chewing gum noun
: a type of soft candy that you chew on but do not swallow
: a sweetened and flavored insoluble plastic material (as a preparation of chicle) used for chewing
First Known Use of CHEWING GUM
Rhymes with CHEWING GUM
, aside from
, beat the drum
, kingdom come
, on the bum
, out of plumb
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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