sour gum

sour gum
noun
columnar tree of eastern North America having horizontal limbs and small leaves that emerge late in spring and have brilliant color in early fall
Hypernyms: ↑tupelo, ↑tupelo tree

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noun
1. : black gum — see tree illustration

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a tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of eastern North America, having elliptic leaves, dark-blue, berrylike fruit, and wood with a variety of commercial uses. Also called black gum, beetlebung, pepperidge. Cf. tupelo.
[1775-85, Amer.]

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sour gum,
1. any one of various large North American trees of the same family as the tupelo, especially the black gum.
2. the wood of one of these trees.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Sour gum — Sour Sour, a. [Compar. {Sourer}; superl. {Sourest}.] [OE. sour, sur, AS. s?r; akin to D. zuur, G. sauer, OHG. s?r, Icel. s?rr, Sw. sur, Dan. suur, Lith. suras salt, Russ. surovui harsh, rough. Cf. {Sorrel}, the plant.] 1. Having an acid or sharp …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sour gum — can refer to:*Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), a medium sized deciduous tree occasionally referred to as Sourgum . *Water Tupelo, a long lived tupelo tree occasionally referred to as Sourgum . *Sour gum, a sour type of chewing gum …   Wikipedia

  • sour-gum — ☆ sour gum [sour′gum΄ ] adj. designating a family (Nyssaceae, order Cornales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs, including the tupelos * * * …   Universalium

  • sour-gum — ☆ sour gum [sour′gum΄ ] adj. designating a family (Nyssaceae, order Cornales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs, including the tupelos …   English World dictionary

  • sour gum — sour′ gum n. pln a tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica, of E North America, with egg shaped leaves and round, dark blue fruit Also called black gum pepperidge Etymology: 1775–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • sour gum — Tupelo Tu pe*lo, n. [Tupelo, or tupebo, the native American Indian name.] (Bot.) A North American tree ({Nyssa multiflora}) of the Dogwood family, having brilliant, glossy foliage and acid red berries. The wood is crossgrained and very difficult… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sour-gum — miškinė nisa statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Nisinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis, pluoštinis augalas (Nyssa sylvatica), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Nyssa sylvatica angl. black tupelo; black gum; sour gum šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Sour gum (disambiguation) — Sour gum can refer to:*Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), a medium sized deciduous tree occasionally referred to as Sourgum . *Water Tupelo, a long lived tupelo tree occasionally referred to as Sourgum . *Sour gum, a sour type of chewing gum …   Wikipedia

  • sour-gum family — noun a family of dicotyledonous trees of order Myrtales that includes the sour gum trees • Syn: ↑Nyssaceae, ↑family Nyssaceae, ↑tupelo family • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sour gum — noun Date: 1785 black gum …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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