red gum

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

1780–90 Unabridged

red gum

noun Pathology.

1830–40, Americanism Unabridged
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red gum
1.  See also blue gum any of several Australian myrtaceous trees of the genus Eucalyptus, esp E. camaldulensis, which has reddish wood
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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The newspaper seller snarls, all red gum and broken teeth and no nose.
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