American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several Australian evergreen trees of the genus Eucalyptus, especially E. camaldulensis or E. calophylla, having lance-shaped, aromatic leaves.
- n. See strophulus.
- n. an eucalyptus tree with red wood, found in Australia.
- n. a tree of the hazel family, found in North America.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) a name given to eight Australian species of Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus amygdalina, resinifera, etc.) which yield a reddish gum resin. See Eucalyptus.
- n. reddish-brown wood and lumber from heartwood of the sweet gum tree used to make furniture
- n. very large red gum tree
- n. red gum tree of Tasmania
- n. a North American tree of the genus Liquidambar having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sap
- n. reddish-brown dried gummy exudation from any of several trees of the genus Eucalyptus especially Eucalyptus camaldulensis
“Dressed in shorts, shirts and Akubra hats, they pose under a river red gum admiring a work of art they have assembled in the sand: a giant clitoris composed of river-bed rocks wrapped in pink cotton, an Antipodean riposte to the priapic Cerne Abbas Giant.”
“The budgerigars were all asleep in the big red gum up above, and somewhere along the river bed, the mopoke was calling again.”
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