gum arabic


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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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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First Known Use of gum arabic

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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