follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

sweet gum

noun
1.
a tall, aromatic tree, Liquidambar styraciflua, of the eastern U.S., having star-shaped leaves and fruits in rounded, burlike clusters.
2.
the hard reddish-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
3.
the amber balsam exuded by this tree, used in the manufacture of perfumes and medicines.
Also called red gum (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of sweet gum
1690-1700
1690-1700, Americanism
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for sweet gum
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for sweet gum

sweet gum

noun
1.
a North American liquidambar tree, Liquidambar styraciflua, having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sap: the wood (called satin walnut) is used to make furniture Compare sour gum
2.
the sap of this tree
Often shortened to red gum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for sweet gum

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for sweet

8
8
Scrabble Words With Friends