sweet gum

sweet gum
noun
1. a North American tree of the genus Liquidambar having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sap
Hypernyms: ↑liquidambar
Member Holonyms: ↑genus Liquidambar, ↑Liquidambar
Substance Meronyms: ↑liquidambar
2. reddish-brown wood and lumber from heartwood of the sweet gum tree used to make furniture
Syn: ↑satin walnut, ↑hazelwood, ↑red gum
Hypernyms: ↑gumwood, ↑gum
3. aromatic exudate from the sweet gum tree
Syn: ↑liquidambar
Hypernyms: ↑gum
Substance Holonyms: ↑sweet gum tree, ↑bilsted, ↑red gum, ↑American sweet gum, ↑Liquidambar styraciflua

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noun
1.
a. : a No. American tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) with palmately lobed leaves, corky branches, and hard wood — see tree illustration
b. : heartwood of the sweet gum tree or the reddish brown lumber sawed from it and sometimes used as an imitation of mahogany and Circassian walnut — called also bilsted, gum, red gum, satin walnut
2. : the balsam produced by the sweet gum tree

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1. a tall, aromatic tree, Liquidambar styraciflua, of the eastern U.S., having star-shaped leaves and fruits in rounded, burlike clusters.
2. the hard reddish-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
3. the amber balsam exuded by this tree, used in the manufacture of perfumes and medicines. Also called red gum (for defs. 1, 2).
[1690-1700, Amer.]

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sweet gum noun
1. The N American liquidambar
2. Its aromatic resin
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Main Entry:sweet

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sweet gum,
1. a large North American tree, of the same family as the witch hazel, with shining, star-shaped leaves that turn scarlet in the fall; bilsted; red gum. In warm regions it exudes a balsam, used in the preparation of chewing gum and in medicine.
2. the balsam from this tree; liquidambar.
3. the reddish-brown wood of this tree.

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n. the North American liquidambar, which yields a balsam and decorative heartwood that is marketed as satin walnut. Liquidambar styraciflua, family Hamamelidaceae

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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