blue gum


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

Illustration of blue gum

Illustration of blue gum

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The blue gum trees, a native Australian variety, which made up most of the estate, more easily adapt to fires and have regrown shoots. Alice Uribe, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 My favorite was Tweety bird adorned with blue gum balls for eyes. Taylor Seely, azcentral, 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, 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, 4 Feb. 2020 Eucalyptus trees are messy, especially blue gums, Eucalyptus globulus, the sort Lukens planted in Nipomo. The Economist, 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, 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, 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, 7 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue gum was in 1802

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Cite this Entry

“Blue gum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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