black gum

noun

Definition of black gum 

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

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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.com, "Cleveland Metroparks gain more land and visitors (photos)," 15 Mar. 2018

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1709, in the meaning defined above

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