black gum


Definition of black gum

: a tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) of the eastern U.S. with light and soft but tough wood

Examples of black gum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although the straight species of black gum can be a bit weedy, newer cultivars such as ‘Wild Fire’ don’t go to seed. oregonlive, "These 10 trees bring fiery fall foliage in Oregon," 3 Nov. 2020 Japanese maples, crepe myrtles, and black gum trees flanked a winding stone path lined with violets. Leigh Crandall, Country Living, "How Quarantine Taught Me to Love Gardening," 4 June 2020 The land is mostly wet woods, with many mature trees, including shagbark hickory, American beech, American elm, black gum, red maple, pin oak and chestnut oak. Grant Segall,, "Cleveland Metroparks gain more land and visitors (photos)," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of black gum

1709, in the meaning defined above

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14 Nov 2020

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“Black gum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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