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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A gum exuded by various African trees of the genus Acacia, especially A. senegal, used in the preparation of pills and emulsions and the manufacture of mucilage and candies and in general as a thickener and colloidal stabilizer. Also called acacia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An edible substance taken from one of two species of sub-Saharan acacia trees. It is used in the food industry as a stabilizer (e.g. in soda, gumdrops and marshmallows) and in other industries including pharmaceuticals, paints and polishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Gum.
  • n. , a gum yielded mostly by several species of Acacia (chiefly A. vera and A. Arabica) growing in Africa and Southern Asia; -- called also gum acacia. East Indian gum arabic comes from a tree of the Orange family which bears the elephant apple.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. gum from an acacia tree; used as a thickener (especially in candies and pharmaceuticals)

Etymologies

gum1 + Arabic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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