chi·​cle | \ ˈchi-kəl How to pronounce chicle (audio) , ˈchi-klē How to pronounce chicle (audio) \

Definition of chicle

: a gum from the latex of the sapodilla used as the chief ingredient of chewing gum

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Recent Examples on the Web The bulk of her inventory, which also includes leather boots, clay cooking pots and candy like Mazapan and chicle, are from Mexico. Lisa Maria Garza,, "6 months of COVID-19: How 6 Central Florida businesses are surviving in the pandemic," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of chicle

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chicle

American Spanish, from Nahautl tzictli

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The first known use of chicle was in 1884

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“Chicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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chi·​cle | \ ˈchi-kəl How to pronounce chicle (audio) , -klē \

Kids Definition of chicle

: a gum obtained from the sap of a tropical American tree and used in making chewing gum

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