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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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  • The leaves of the sour-gum, the first tree to turn, showed blood-red.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
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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
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