from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A resinous exudation from the balsam-fir, Abies balsamea, used as a masticatory.
  • n. See gum.


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  • You wonder if you might not be able to patch it up yourself for the time being,–a year or so–perhaps with a little spruce-gum and a coating of new-skin.

    Tuesday, Sept. 22 – The Bleat.

  • Then we sat in the picturesque dimness of the lofty cabin, under the void where the roof shut off the stars, and talked of the pine-woods, of logging, measuring, and spring-drives, and of moose-hunting on snow-shoes, until our mouths had a wild flavor more spicy than if we had chewed spruce-gum by the hour.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 59, September, 1862

  • Rustic females who habitually chew even pitch or spruce-gum are rendered thereby so repulsive that the fancy refuses to pursue the horror farther and imagine it tobacco; and all the charms of the veil and the fan can scarcely reconcile the most fumacious American to the _cigarrito_ of the Spanish fair.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 50, December, 1861

  • The Ingleside twins were not allowed to chew spruce-gum anywhere but in the seclusion of Rainbow Valley, but Faith and Una were unrestricted by such rules of etiquette and cheerfully chewed it everywhere, at home and abroad, to the very proper horror of the Glen.

    Rainbow Valley

  • Nan and Di had been picking spruce-gum with Faith and Una in the manse woods and the four of them were now sitting on a fallen pine by the brook, all, it must be admitted, chewing rather vigorously.

    Rainbow Valley

  • The ladies busied themselves with the care of the two rooms, with useless needlework, and with dummy auction, varying the monotony with daily excursions into the near-by forest in quest of spruce-gum and pine-cones.

    The Promise A Tale of the Great Northwest

  • You wonder if you might not be able to patch it up yourself for the time being, -- a year or so -- perhaps with a little spruce-gum and a coating of new-skin.

    Love Conquers All

  • To find a suitable piece of bark, and spruce-gum to cement it with, required a considerable search in the bush.

    The Woman from Outside [on Swan River]

  • He knew where the finest spruce-gum was to be found, in pale amber knots on the lichened bark, he knew where the nuts grew thickest in the beechwoods around the Harbour Head, and where the best trouting places up the brooks were.

    Rainbow Valley

  • But long before these insignificant details were completed, Jessica and I had emptied Katrina's bag, arranged her books in her desk, lent her a pencil she lacked, indicated to her the boy most to be scorned and shunned, given her in pantomime the exact standing of Miss Merrill in the regard of her pupils, and accepted in turn the temporary loan of the spruce-gum with which she had happily provided herself.

    Many Kingdoms


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