gum arabic

noun

Definition of gum arabic

: a water-soluble gum obtained from several acacias (especially Acacia senegal) and used especially in the manufacture of inks, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, and confections

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Some of Senegal’s GGW agency projects do just that on a grand scale, like investing in gum arabic plantations for export. Aryn Baker / Mbar Toubab, Time, "Can a 4,815-Mile Wall of Trees Help Curb Climate Change in Africa?," 12 Sep. 2019 The country is also the world’s biggest exporter of gum arabic, a sap that’s extracted from acacia trees and used in sodas and pharmaceuticals. Mohammed Alamin And Mike Cohen | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Why Protests Are Raging Against Sudan’s Leader," 6 Mar. 2019 And like the soft center of its confectionary cousin the gumdrop (also part of the class of candies called jellies), it is made of sugar, flavors, water and some form of thickener, such as gelatin, gum Arabic, or starch. D. Lawrence Tarazano, Smithsonian, "The Patents and Trademarks Behind Jelly Beans," 13 Apr. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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gum arabic

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gum ar·​a·​bic | \ -ˈar-ə-bik How to pronounce gum arabic (audio) \

Medical Definition of gum arabic

: a water-soluble gum obtained from several leguminous plants of the genus Acacia (especially A. senegal and A. arabica) and used especially in pharmacy to suspend insoluble substances in water, to prepare emulsions, and to make pills and lozenges

called also acacia, gum acacia

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