from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the south-eastern United States, a swamp, or more commonly an area in a large swamp, in which the black-gum or sour-gum, Nyssa sylvatica, or any other species of Nyssa, is the dominant tree. In the Dismal Swamp these areas are distinguished from the juniper-swamps.
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The more valuable gum-swamp lands, adjoining the surrounding firm lands, and thence stretching out towards the central parts of the swamp, may be seen, extending in different points of forest growth, and more or less approaching the eastern side of the canal, though, but in few cases coming near.
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