blue gum


Definition of blue gum

: any of several Australian trees (genus Eucalyptus) that yield valuable timber

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Recent Examples on the Web My favorite was Tweety bird adorned with blue gum balls for eyes. Taylor Seely, azcentral, "Valley 101 podcast spotlights good news and acts of kindness during the COVID-19 pandemic," 11 May 2020 Scores of koalas — as well as many other animals — have been found injured or dead on a blue gum plantation in south-west Victoria, Australia after trees on the property were logged. Mélissa Godin, Time, "'Australia Should Be Ashamed' After More Than 40 Koalas Killed on Logging Site," 4 Feb. 2020 According to the Gavens, the property — recently returned to the landowner — was a blue gum tree plantation operating under a lease agreement. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "'A callous act of animal cruelty': Koalas found starving, injured on private land in Australia," 4 Feb. 2020 Eucalyptus trees are messy, especially blue gums, Eucalyptus globulus, the sort Lukens planted in Nipomo. The Economist, "Eucalyptus Road The long and tangled history of California’s eucalyptus trees," 18 Dec. 2019 The flammable, invasive blue gum eucalyptus trees that make up 42% of the park’s 300-acre historic forest are being replaced by the less volatile mountain gum. San Francisco Chronicle, "Presidio at 25: Time moves backward as restoration sites regain their original habitat," 7 Jan. 2017 In a 2014 study by University of California psychologists, students looked up at a grove of 200-feet-tall Tasmanian blue gum eucalyptus trees on Berkeley’s campus for one minute. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 South Africa has long pioneered the restoration of watersheds by removing invasive species like blue gum, wattles, and the vine kudzu, and increasing water flows in rivers. Peter Gleick, Fortune, "Commentary: Cape Town Is Running out of Water. Could More Cities Be Next?," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of blue gum

1802, in the meaning defined above

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“Blue gum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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