black gum

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Our fall color standouts tend to be Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus), black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) and sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) all of which are fantastic fall color trees, but none of them show up in sufficient density for a screen-saver-worthy aerial photo. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 16 Oct. 2020 The remains of a four-chambered brick structure are set among black gum trees, live oaks and scrub brush. Latria Graham, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Dec. 2022 Soon, a balding man wearing black gum boots came into view: Pierre Bizimana, a farmer and a part-time milk collector. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 Streets receiving new trees -- ranging from white oak and black gum to Brandywine maple -- include Greenleaf Avenue, Parma Park Boulevard, Commonwealth Boulevard, Appleton Drive, Blossom Avenue, Barrington Boulevard and Lawndale Drive. John Benson, cleveland, 8 June 2022 The April launch features an initial three colors—black gum, white gum and dusty rose—and Balint says the brand will see what the response is to the new silhouette before evaluating opportunities that require different design elements. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Tree varieties for that project include tulip, Kentucky coffee tree, black gum, London planetree, linden, hornbeam, yellowwood, magnolia, redbud and honey locust. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2022 Okefenokee Wilderness, Georgia Cypress trees, pines, and black gum swamps make Okefenokee Wilderness a thriving sanctuary for Georgia’s diverse critters. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 26 July 2021 Some popular native fall foliage plants include the burgundy black gum tree, the bright yellow American beech and the red maple tree. Tammy Sons, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black gum was in 1709

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“Black gum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20gum. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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