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 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 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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First Known Use of sweet gum

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sweet gum was in 1700

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“Sweet gum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20gum. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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