gum

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1gum

noun \ˈgəm\

Definition of GUM

:  the tissue that surrounds the necks of teeth and covers the alveolar parts of the jaws; broadly :  the alveolar portion of a jaw with its enveloping soft tissues

Origin of GUM

Middle English gome, from Old English gōma palate; akin to Old High German guomo palate, and perhaps to Greek chaos abyss
First Known Use: before 12th century

2gum

transitive verb
gummedgum·ming

Definition of GUM

1
:  to enlarge gullets of (a saw)
2
:  to chew with the gums

First Known Use of GUM

1777

3gum

noun

Definition of GUM

1
a :  any of numerous colloidal polysaccharide substances of plant origin that are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying and are salts of complex organic acids — compare mucilage 1
b :  any of various plant exudates (as an oleoresin or gum resin)
2
:  a substance or deposit resembling a plant gum (as in sticky or adhesive quality)
3
a :  a tree (as a black gum) that yields gum
b Australian :  eucalyptus
4
:  the wood or lumber of a gum; especially :  that of the sweet gum

Origin of GUM

Middle English gomme, from Middle French, from Latin cummi, gummi, from Greek kommi, from Egyptian qmyt
First Known Use: 14th century

4gum

verb
gummedgum·ming

Definition of GUM

transitive verb
:  to clog, impede, or damage with or as if with gum <gum up the works>
intransitive verb
1
:  to exude or form gum
2
:  to become gummy
gum·mer noun

First Known Use of GUM

1597

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