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[chik-uh l] /ˈtʃɪk əl/
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
1860-65, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl tzictli Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • During the process of filtration the chicle is also sterilized, and comes from the machine as pure as distilled water.

  • And this tiger is old, fairly gray bearded, the chicle buyer said.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • When the chicle arrives at one of the chewing-gum factories it is immediately turned over to the grinding department.

  • The camp in which Johnny had enjoyed his wild turkey dinner was a chicle camp.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • Someone had told him that Daego had made a quarter of a million dollars the previous year on chicle.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • With chicle at fifty cents a pound at the dock, that should yield a profit.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • They pay little for their produce, wild rubber, chicle, wild coffee.

    Sign of the Green Arrow Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
  • The whole pile of chicle at that end is gone, and the silver box with it!

    Forbidden Cargoes Roy J. Snell
  • Tobacco and chicle occupy the nostrils and jaws of a large part of the human race.

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
  • By leaning far over the hatch he could see ends of the chicle bags.

    Forbidden Cargoes Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for chicle


a gumlike substance obtained from the sapodilla; the main ingredient of chewing gum Also called chicle gum
Word Origin
from Spanish, from Nahuatl chictli
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chicle

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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