sweet gum

noun

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 Also, most sweet gums and sycamores sustain minimal damage. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian reminder to check your trees for removal," 4 Sep. 2019 Also, most sweet gums and sycamores sustain minimal damage. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian reminder to check your trees for removal," 4 Sep. 2019 Also, most sweet gums and sycamores sustain minimal damage. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian reminder to check your trees for removal," 4 Sep. 2019 Also, most sweet gums and sycamores sustain minimal damage. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian reminder to check your trees for removal," 4 Sep. 2019 Also, most sweet gums and sycamores sustain minimal damage. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian reminder to check your trees for removal," 4 Sep. 2019 Also, most sweet gums and sycamores sustain minimal damage. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian reminder to check your trees for removal," 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, "The ash trees are gone and maples are in decline, Homewood boosts its canopy with new oaks, beech trees," 7 June 2019 Graceful river birch and sweet gum trees frame the house. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "In Lower Gwynedd, a renovated bungalow to grow old in," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sweet gum

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sweet gum.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20gum. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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sweet gum

noun

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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