from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A small boil or abscess on the gum, often resulting from tooth decay.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A small abscess on the gum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) A small suppurating inflamed spot on the gum.
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- noun medicine A small suppurating inflamed spot on the
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- noun a boil or abscess on the gums
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‘Toothache,’ growled Topsy, in reply, ‘not gumboil;’ the remedy suggested by Mrs Pulchop being for the latter of these ills.
The crewman with the bat said, "Is this little gumboil telling the truth, mister?"
George, my dear old school-chum, with the V.C., and his wife tells me of it as casually as if it had been a gumboil!
"Listen to the doctor," Pearl commanded sternly, "or he'll raise a gumboil on ye."
"Listen to the doctor," Pearl commanded sternly, "or he 'll raise a gumboil on ye."
They show teeth which in size and form are exactly the same as those of a thousand generations afterwards -- and suffering from gumboil too!
'Toothache,' growled Topsy, in reply, 'not gumboil;' the remedy suggested by Mrs Pulchop being for the latter of these ills.
Mr. Flannery's mouth next week, I will open another keg of hard words and trace this gumboil theory to a successful termination, if I have to use up the whole ceiling of the patient's mouth.
This might only indicate that Mr. Flannery had kept his mouth open too much during the summer, and sunburned the roof of his mouth, were it not that I also discovered traces of gumboil microbes of the squamous variety.
I wish you would ask Mr. Flannery's immediate relatives, if you can do so without arousing alarm in the breast of the patient, if there has ever been a marked predisposition on the part of his ancestors to tubercular gumboil.