sweet gum


Definition of sweet gum

1 : a North American tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) of the witch-hazel family with palmately lobed glossy green leaves, corky twigs, a round spiny brown fruit cluster, and hard wood
2 : the smooth reddish-brown wood of the sweet gum

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Recent Examples on the Web The other sweet gum trees around are not dropping limbs. oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2022 Some species don a medley all at once, or are more potluck with their hues, like sweet gum and American hornbeam. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Readers of the book will find dozens of close-ups of the seed heads or fruits of various species, everything from the American big-leaf maple to China’s sweet gum. Barbara Hall, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2021 The new definition expands the definition to include a host of tree species such as magnolia, longleaf pine, river birch, sweet gum, sycamore and yellow poplar. al, 16 Mar. 2021 These include more than 250 varieties of species such as cedar of Lebanon (part of the park’s extensive cedar collection), Persian ironwood, and Oriental sweet gum. Alyssa Giacobbe, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2021 Also, most sweet gums and sycamores sustain minimal damage. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Sep. 2019 OpenLands also has been planting types of trees native to regions just south of the Great Lakes, such as Kentucky coffee tree and sweet gum, as a response to climate change. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, 7 June 2019 The canister burst during the decontamination process after Apollo 14 returned to Earth, mixing the hundreds of redwood, pine, sycamore, Douglas fir and sweet gum seeds. Emre Kelly, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of sweet gum

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sweet gum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20gum. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of sweet gum

: a North American tree of the genus Liquidambar (L. styraciflua) with a round spiny brown fruit cluster and an inner bark that is the source of American storax

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