- 2 uncountable (British) (glue)Example sentences
- There are over five hundred million balloons in Europe which have been tied together with string and gum to form Europe City, the capital of Europe.
- He also has a piece of adhesive gum with drawing pins sunk in it which, when combined with a thick rubber band, makes a horrifying catapult.
- 3 uncountable (from plant)Example sentences
- The raw silk fiber actually consists of two filaments called fibroin bound by a soluble silk gum called sericin.
- Indian or Chinese ink is essentially lampblack (carbon ink) which is mixed with gum and resin and hardened by baking.
- I learn that one ice cream ingredient, locust bean gum, was used in ancient Egypt to seal the wrappings on mummies.
- 4 countable (gumtree)árbol (masculine) del cauchoExample sentences
- Here, unusual and ancient giant ferns are frequent, as are scribbly gums and eucalypts, while in places kauri and satinay pines reach high for the sky.
- The Australian ‘Nilagiris’ owe their name to a vaporous blue haze exuded by the eucalyptus gum.
- Thomas established a piece of paradise by planting many native rimu, gums and pines, which now shelter an extraordinary collection of some of the world's rarest and most unusual plants.
transitive verb present participle gumming past tense, past participle gummed
- (Anatomy)Example sentences
- Oral cancer encompasses cancers of the mouth, throat, cheek, gums, lips and tongue.
- One of the largest-ever studies following the teeth and gums of healthy adults has just been reported from Brisbane.
- Go to the dentist before you get pregnant to be sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
- by gum! (British) [colloquial]¡caramba!Example sentences
- But by gum, he was going to shout at them a lot and ladle on the tough love to get them there.
- Apparently the fame went right to this fella's noggin, by gum, as his hollerin' and harp-playin' have now become a permanent fixture at Barfly's bluegrass nights as well.
- Cutting back on emissions (by agreeing to the Kyoto Protocols), the report contended, would put a damper on the economic wealth that will save us from hurricanes that might take lots of lives in poorer countries but not here, by gum.
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