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Definition: British gum
, n. [OE. gomme, gumme, F. gomme, L. gummi and commis,
fr. Gr. ?, prob. from an Egyptian form kam?; cf. It.
1. A vegetable secretion of many trees or plants that hardens
when it exudes, but is soluble in water; as, gum arabic;
gum tragacanth; the gum of the cherry tree. Also, with
less propriety, exudations that are not soluble in water;
as, gum copal and gum sandarac, which are really resins.
2. (Bot.) See Gum tree
3. A hive made of a section of a hollow gum tree; hence, any
roughly made hive; also, a vessel or bin made of a hollow
log. [Southern U. S.]
4. A rubber overshoe. [Local, U. S.]
, Blue gum
, British gum
, etc. See under
, the resinous gum of the Australian grass
(Zo["o]l.), the galago of West Africa; -- so
called because it feeds on gums. See Galago
Gum animi or anim['e]
. See Anim['e]
, a gum yielded mostly by several species of
(chiefly A. vera
and A. Arabica
) growing in
Africa and Southern Asia; -- called also gum acacia
East Indian gum arabic comes from a tree of the Orange
family which bears the elephant apple.
, a gum yielded by the Indian plants Butea frondosa
and B. superba
, and used locally in tanning
and in precipitating indigo.
, a plant of the genus Cistus
), a species of rock rose.
. See Tragacanth
, Elastic gum
. See Caoutchouc
. See Elemi
. See Sandarac
. See under Kino
. See Lac
, a fragrant gum yielded by several Oriental
species of Cistus or rock rose.
, sap receptacles extending through the
parenchyma of certain plants (Amygdalace[ae]
, etc.), and affording passage for gum.
, a varnish maker's utensil for melting gum and
mixing other ingredients.
, the milky juice of a plant solidified by
exposure to air; one of certain inspissated saps, mixtures
of, or having properties of, gum and resin; a resin
containing more or less mucilaginous and gummy matter.
. See Sandarac
, a gum similar to gum arabic, yielded by trees
and A. Adansoni["a]
) growing in the
Senegal country, West Africa.
. See Tragacanth
, a solution of gum, esp. of gum arabic, in water.
, the wood of any gum tree, esp. the wood of the
, of New South Wales.
, n. [Cf. F. dextrine, G. dextrin. See
A translucent, gummy, amorphous substance, nearly tasteless
and odorless, used as a substitute for gum, for sizing, etc.,
and obtained from starch by the action of heat, acids, or
diastase. It is of somewhat variable composition, containing
several carbohydrates which change easily to their respective
varieties of sugar. It is so named from its rotating the
plane of polarization to the right; -- called also British gum
, Alsace gum
, etc. See
, and Erythrodextrin
(br[i^]t"[i^]sh), a. [AS. Brittisc,
Of or pertaining to Great Britain or to its inhabitants; --
sometimes restricted to the original inhabitants.
, a brownish substance, very soluble in cold
water, formed by heating dry starch at a temperature of
about 600[deg] Fahr. It corresponds, in its properties, to
dextrin, and is used, in solution, as a substitute for gum
in stiffering goods.
, the national emblem of Great Britain.
, the four seas which surround Great Britain.