Webster 1913 Edition
gamapalate; akin Co G. g
gom; cf. Gr. [GREEK] to gape.]
The dense tissues which invest the teeth, and cover the adjacent parts of the jaws.
strophulus in a teething child; red gum.–
a smooth hard substance for children to bite upon while teething.
To deepen and enlarge the spaces between the teeth of (a worn saw). See
gummiand commis, fr. Gr. [GREEK], prob. from an Egyptian form
kam[GREEK]; cf. It.
A vegetable secretion of many trees or plants that hardens when it exudes, but is soluble in water;
as,. Also, with less propriety, exudations that are not soluble in water;
gumof the cherry tree
gumsandarac, which are really resins
A hive made of a section of a hollow gum tree; hence, any roughly made hive; also, a vessel or bin made of a hollow log.
[Southern U. S.]
A rubber overshoe.
[Local, U. S.]
British gum, etc.
the resinous gum of the Australian grass tree (–
the galago of West Africa; – so called because it feeds on gums. See–
Gum animi or animé.
, a gum yielded mostly by several species of–
A. Arabica) growing in Africa and Southern Asia; – called also
gum acacia. East Indian gum arabic comes from a tree of the Orange family which bears the elephant apple.
a gum yielded by the Indian plants–
B. superba, and used locally in tanning and in precipitating indigo.
a plant of the genus–
Cistus ladaniferus), a species of rock rose.
, a fragrant gum yielded by several Oriental species of Cistus or rock rose.–
sap receptacles extending through the parenchyma of certain plants (–
Cactaceæ, etc.), and affording passage for gum.
, a varnish maker’s utensil for melting gum and mixing other ingredients.–
the milky juice of a plant solidified by exposure to air; one of certain inspissated saps, mixtures of, or having properties of, gum and resin; a resin containing more or less mucilaginous and gummy matter.–
, a gum similar to gum arabic, yielded by trees (–
A. Adansoniä) growing in the Senegal country, West Africa.
a solution of gum, esp. of gum arabic, in water.–
the wood of any gum tree, esp. the wood of the
Eucalyptus piperita, of New South Wales.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To smear with gum; to close with gum; to unite or stiffen by gum or a gumlike substance; to make sticky with a gumlike substance.
He frets like a
To exude or form gum; to become gummy.
Webster 1828 Edition
Gum-elastic, or Elastic-gum, [caoutchouc,] is a singular substance, obtained from a tree in America by incision. It is a white juice, which, when dry, becomes very tough and elastic, and is used for bottles,surgical instruments, &c.
1.To unite by a viscous substance.