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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Hamamelidaceae — the sweetgum trees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus consisting of two species of tall trees having star-shaped leaves, and woody burlike fruit. Liquidambar styraciflua is the North American sweet qum, and Liquidambar Orientalis is found in Asia Minor.
  • n. The balsamic juice which is obtained from these trees by incision. The liquid balsam of the Oriental tree is liquid storax.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of dicotyledonous trees of the natural order Hamamelideæ distinguished by monœcious flowers without petals, growing in heads and surrounded by an involucre of four bracts.
  • n. [lowercase] A tree of this genus.

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

  • n. any tree of the genus Liquidambar
  • n. aromatic exudate from the sweet gum tree
  • n. sweet gum


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