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Sense: 1
Origin: Old English goma
Sense: 2-5
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: gomme, from Greek kommi, from Egyptian qmy.t
Sense: 6
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: God

gum

1 noun
     
gum1
1 [countable usually plural]HBHHBA your gums are the two areas of firm pink flesh at the top and bottom of your mouth, in which your teeth are fixed
2 [uncountable]DF chewing gum
3 [uncountable] British EnglishTD a type of glue used to stick light things such as paper together
4 [uncountable]TAF a sticky substance found in the stems of some trees
5 [countable]HBP a gum tree
6

by gum!

spoken old-fashioned used to express surprise

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