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black gum


sour gum

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
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I see a woman hiding something in a black-gum tree that hangs over running water.

  • He told me to put her hair and some stuff he give me into a hole in the black-gum that hangs over the stone, and I did it.

  • Lodged in the branches of the black-gum some twenty-five feet from the ground, the boys listened intently, but now all was still.

    Captain Ted Louis Pendleton
  • An hour later the black-gum tree came ripping, crashing to earth.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
British Dictionary definitions for black-gum

sour gum

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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