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red gum

noun
1.
any of several trees of the genus Eucalyptus, especially E. camaldulensis, having smooth, gray bark.
2.
the hard, reddish wood of this tree, used for making railroad ties, fence posts, etc.
3.
sweet gum (defs 1, 2).
Origin of red gum
1780-1790
1780-90

red gum

noun, Pathology
Origin
1830-40, Americanism
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  • The principal requirements of red gum, then, are a moist, fairly rich soil and good exposure to light.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • It went out of sight, it and its rider, round the bend where the red gum lay.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
  • The fruit of red gum is a bur, midway in appearance and size between the sycamore ball and the chestnut bur.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • It was claimed that the common defects of red gum were thus overcome.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • If soft woods are used, red gum and basswood make an agreeable contrast in colour.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • About our settlements they are often seen with their noses painted with a red gum.

  • In Western yellow pine, the loss is great, and in the Southern red gum, it is probably as much as thirty per cent.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • The trees were the liquidambar styraciflua, sweet or red gum, and were sent from the South.

  • This figure is one of the most prized properties of red gum.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Sanders had tried many methods and had hit upon the red gum border as a solution to a great difficulty.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for red gum

red gum

noun
1.
any of several Australian myrtaceous trees of the genus Eucalyptus, esp E. camaldulensis, which has reddish wood See also blue gum
2.
the hard red wood from this tree, used for making railway sleepers, posts, etc
3.
another name for sweet gum
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