Definition of chicle in English:


Line breaks: chi¦cle
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪk(ə)l
, -kli/


[mass noun]
  • 1The milky latex of the sapodilla tree, formerly chewed by the Aztecs and now used to make chewing gum.
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    • Then immerse yourself in the exotic oasis of nearby Foster Botanical Garden, and send the kids sleuthing for chocolate, cinnamon, and chicle (chewing gum) trees, amid other varieties.
    • The tree, which also produces the gum chicle, from which chewing gum is made, was cultivated in the region long before the arrival of the Spaniards.
    • To the east lay the airstrip built half a century ago, when Wrigley's planes flew in regularly to buy chicle tree resin.
  • 1.1 another term for sapodilla.


via Latin American Spanish, from Nahuatl tzictli.

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