gum tree

gum tree
any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum
Syn: ↑gum
Hypernyms: ↑tree
Hyponyms: ↑liquidambar, ↑eucalyptus, ↑eucalypt, ↑eucalyptus tree, ↑tupelo, ↑tupelo tree
Substance Meronyms: ↑gumwood, ↑gum

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1. any tree that exudes gum, as a eucalyptus, the sour gum, or the sweet gum.
2. any of various other gum-yielding trees, as the sapodilla.
[1670-80, Amer.]

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gum tree noun
A tree that exudes gum, or gum resin, kino, etc, esp a eucalyptus tree, or an American tree (genus Nyssa) of the cornel family
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Main Entry:gum

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gum tree UK US noun [countable] [singular gum tree plural gum trees]
a eucalyptus tree
Thesaurus: treeshyponym types of treehypernym

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gum tree,
1. any one of various trees that produce gum. The most common is the sapodilla, which produces a gum called chicle. North American gum trees include the sweet gum, tupelo, and black tupelo. Some Australian eucalyptus trees are also known as gum trees.
2. = eucalyptus. (Cf.eucalyptus)

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n. a tree that exudes gum, esp. a eucalyptus

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Brit informal : in a very difficult situation that you cannot get out of

If they don't deliver the parts we need, we'll really be up a gum tree! [=up the creek]

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ˈgum tree [gum tree gum trees] noun
a ↑eucalyptus tree
Idiom:up a gum tree

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

См. также в других словарях:

  • gum tree — n. Any tree that exudes a gum, such as: (a) The black gum ({Nyssa multiflora}), one of the largest trees of the Southern States, bearing a small blue fruit, the favorite food of the opossum. Most of the large trees become hollow. (b) A tree of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gum tree — ► NOUN ▪ a tree that produces gum, especially a eucalyptus. ● up a gum tree Cf. ↑up a gum tree …   English terms dictionary

  • gum tree — gum′ tree n. pln any tree that exudes gum, as a eucalyptus, the sour gum, or the sweet gum …   From formal English to slang

  • gum tree — gum trees N COUNT A gum tree is a tree such as a eucalyptus that produces gum …   English dictionary

  • gum tree — n 1.) a tall tree which produces a strong smelling oil that is used in medicine = ↑eucalyptus 2.) be up a gum tree BrE informal to be in a very difficult situation …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gum tree — ☆ gum tree n. any of various trees that yield gum, as the sweet gum, tupelo, eucalyptus, etc …   English World dictionary

  • gum tree — gum ,tree noun count a EUCALYPTUS tree …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gum tree — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms gum tree : singular gum tree plural gum trees a eucalyptus tree • up a gum tree …   English dictionary

  • gum tree — /ˈgʌm ˌtri/ (say gum .tree) noun 1. Also, gum. any tree or shrub of the myrtaceous genus Eucalyptus, almost entirely Australian apart from very few tropical species in New Guinea and other nearby islands, some yielding eucalyptus oil and some… …   Australian English dictionary

  • gum tree — noun a tree that exudes gum, especially a eucalyptus. Phrases up a gum tree Brit. informal in or into a predicament …   English new terms dictionary

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