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chicle

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

Definition of chicle in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The milky latex of the sapodilla tree, formerly chewed by the Aztecs and now used to make chewing gum.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

via Latin American Spanish, from Nahuatl tzictli.

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