from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pharmacy, a confection composed of gum arabic and cane-sugar, esteemed as a demulcent.
  • n. In confectionery, a similar preparation, often made with glucose and gelatin, and variously flavored.


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  • The creature—which looks like a cross between a Pomeranian, a green gum-drop, that creepy Snuggles bear, and just a dash of dandelion mixed with Hello Kitty—is an extraterrestrial being with extraordinary powers and a hankering for tummy-rubs.

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  • Gloria was chewing an amazing gum-drop and staring moodily out the window.

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  • I would sooner, with the old-time Egyptians, adore a well-behaved cat or a toothsome cucumber than with certain modern feather-heads and gum-drop hearts, sing hymns to a shapely foot or dimpled cheek and offer incense to

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  • One evening Miss Tway was so "worked up" about failing in a solo she was trying to sing that she fainted twice, the first time with her mouth shut, the second time with it open; and Saul, not knowing what else to do, put a gum-drop into it, which offended Miss Tway, for she thought it was his finger.

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  • "She says it just in the way you might wish for a piece of plum cake or another gum-drop," she mused bitterly.


  • Having seen what I did, I wasn't particularly surprised to meet Bobbie at the club next day looking about as merry and bright as a lonely gum-drop at an Eskimo tea-party.

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  • "And," continued John, unmoved, "is instantly handed a gum-drop by his faithful Eskimo."

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  • The bag was quite empty now, not even a gum-drop or a penny whistle was left; and Santa heaved another sigh as he tucked it under the seat of his sleigh and clambered wearily in.

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  • He was more moved than I had ever seen him, and ate a gum-drop to cover his embarrassment.

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  • In one of these shops, where I went to choose a picture post-card, I caught sight of an artistic display of a delicacy I had thought long obsolete -- the everlasting gum-drop.

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