Definition of gum tree in English:

gum tree

Line breaks: gum tree

noun

  • A tree that exudes gum, especially a eucalyptus.
    More example sentences
    • Only in Australia are two genera, Eucalyptus and Acacia - more familiarly, the gum tree and the wattle - able to dominate a continent.
    • This brings us to the gum tree, or more specifically, to Eucalyptus globulus, grown widely as a source of wood-pulp.
    • Neighbour Ian Kinny, whose memorial garden along with a gum tree, bottlebrush and shrubs were destroyed, described the impact of the attack as ‘extremely cruel’.

Phrases

up a gum tree

British informal In or into a predicament: offers of devolution will lead ministers straight up a gum tree
More example sentences
  • I'm all for that approach because we're all up a gum tree with romance.
  • At Heathrow last week thousands of Brits found themselves up a gum tree, as British Airways, plagued by staff shortages and technical hitches, scrapped more than 100 flights to and from the airport.

More definitions of gum tree

Definition of gum tree in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmālˌsträm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea