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black gum

noun
1.

sour gum

noun
1.
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.
Compare tupelo.
Origin of sour gum
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism
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  • black gum mallets for stone masons and woodworkers are in the market.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The vessel also has two mends or strengthenings with lumps of black gum.

    Mohave Pottery Alfred L. Kroeber
  • Allan stretched himself beneath a black gum at the side of the road.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The sour or black gum of the South has a wide range, being hardy to southern Ontario and Maine.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • In Utah it is known as white balsam, as silver fir in some parts of California, and as black gum in Utah.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • "black gum" refers to its dark gray, rough bark, which is broken into many-sided plates.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The range of black gum is much more extensive than that of tupelo.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • With no claim to symmetry, the black gum is a striking and picturesque figure in winter.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The leaves of black gum are simple and alternate; not serrate.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • No other oak equals it, and it compares favorably with sugar maple, black gum, and dogwood.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for black gum

sour gum

noun
1.
a cornaceous tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of the eastern US, having glossy leaves, soft wood, and sour purplish fruits Also called black gum, pepperidge See also tupelo Compare sweet gum
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