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

Examples of chicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Noh-Bec is not ancient; it was founded in the 1930s by chicleros — people who made their living mainly by harvesting natural chewing gum from chicle found in trees that abound in the Yucatán. Gabriel Popkin, Discover Magazine, 4 Nov. 2016 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,, 10 Sep. 2020

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Word History


American Spanish, from Nahautl tzictli

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chicle was in 1884

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“Chicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


chi·​cle ˈchik-əl How to pronounce chicle (audio) -lē How to pronounce chicle (audio)
: a gum from the latex of a tropical tree that is used as an important part of chewing gum

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