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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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 Also, most sweet gums and sycamores sustain minimal damage. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane Irma: Old trees can be hazardous to your home," 7 Sep. 2017 My durable tree list includes live oaks, sweet gums, crape myrtles, magnolias, sycamores, ligustrums, winged elms, bald cypress and most palms. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane Irma recovery: Uprooted trees a common occurrence after storms," 22 Sep. 2017 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, "Irma topples NASA's 'Moon Tree' that flew on Apollo 14," 21 Sep. 2017

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1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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