"gums" in the noun sense
1. chewing gum, gum
a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing
2. gingiva, gum
the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth
any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
4. glue, gum, mucilage
cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive
5. gumwood, gum
wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum
6. gum tree, gum
any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum
"gums" in the verb sense
cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum
"if you gum the tape it is stronger"
2. mumble, gum
grind with the gums chew without teeth and with great difficulty
"the old man had no teeth left and mumbled his food"
exude or form gum
"these trees gum in the Spring"
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