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chicle

[chik-uh l] /ˈtʃɪk əl/
noun
1.
a gumlike substance obtained from the latex of certain tropical American trees, as the sapodilla, used chiefly in the manufacture of chewing gum.
Also called chicle gum.
Origin of chicle
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl tzictli
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Examples from the web for chicle
  • Their resin is used for candles and for adulterating chicle.
  • The sapodilla tree is also the source of chicle used in chewing gum.
  • They also gave us the chicle plant which is used to make chewing gum.
British Dictionary definitions for chicle

chicle

/ˈtʃɪkəl/
noun
1.
a gumlike substance obtained from the sapodilla; the main ingredient of chewing gum Also called chicle gum
Word Origin
from Spanish, from Nahuatl chictli
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Word Origin and History for chicle
n.

1889, American English (in chicle-gum), from Mexican Spanish chicle, from Nahuatl (Aztec) tzictli.

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