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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gum
The dense tissues which invest the teeth, and cover the adjacent parts of the jaws.

Etymology: OE. gome, AS. gama palate; akin Co G. gaumen, OHG. goumo guomo, Icel. g�mr, Sw. gom; cf. Gr. � to gape

verb Gum
To deepen and enlarge the spaces between the teeth of (a worn saw). See Gummer.
noun Gum
  1. A vegetable secretion of many trees or plants that hardens when it exudes, but is soluble in water; as, gum arabic; gum tragacanth; the gum of the cherry tree. Also, with less propriety, exudations that are not soluble in water; as, gum copal and gum sandarac, which are really resins.
  2. [Bot] See Gum tree below.
  3. A hive made of a section of a hollow gum tree; hence, any roughly made hive; also, a vessel or bin made of a hollow log.(Southern U. S)
  4. A rubber overshoe.(Local, U. S)

Etymology: OE. gomme gumme, F. gomme, L. gummi and commis, fr. Gr. �, prob. from an Egyptian form kam�; cf. It. gomma

verb Gum
  1. To smear with gum; to close with gum; to unite or stiffen by gum or a gumlike substance; to make sticky with a gumlike substance."He frets like a gummed velvet." [Shak.]
  2. To chew with the gums, rather than with the teeth.
verb Gum
To exude or form gum; to become gummy.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth
  2. A preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing
  3. Any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum
  4. Wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum
  5. Cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive
  6. Any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
  7. Exude or form gum ("these trees gum in the Spring")
  8. Become sticky
  9. Grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty
  10. Cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum ("if you gum the tape it is stronger")

From Middle English gome, from Old English gōma (“palate”), from Proto-Germanic *gōmô, *gaumô (“palate”) (compare German Gaumen, Old Norse gómr (whence Icelandic gómur)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰh₂u-mo- (compare Tocharian A ko, Tocharian B koyṃ (“mouth”), Lithuanian gomurỹs (“palate”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰeh₂w- (“to gape, yawn”). More at yawn.

  1. (often in the plural) The flesh around the teeth.

From Middle English gomme, gumme, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman gome, from Late Latin gumma, from Latin cummi, gummi, from Ancient Greek κόμμι (kómmi), from Egyptian ḳmj-t (qemỵt, qemài) "acanthus resin".

  1. (uncountable) Any of various viscous or sticky substances that are exuded by certain plants.
  2. (uncountable) Any viscous or sticky substance resembling those that are exuded by certain plants.
  3. (uncountable) Chewing gum.
  4. (countable) A single piece of chewing gum.
    Do you have a to spare?
  5. (South Africa, often in the plural) A gummi candy.
  6. (US, dialect, Southern US) A hive made of a section of a hollow gum tree; hence, any roughly made hive.
  7. (US, dialect, Southern US) A vessel or bin made from a hollow log.
  8. (US, dialect) A rubber overshoe.

    gum was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Lojban, Polish, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Turkmen, and Zazaki

    Notable Persons Named Gum

    Gum is a soccer player for the Fluminense FC, Marília Atlético Clube, Osvaldo Cruz Futebol Clube, Sport Club Internacional, and Associação Atlética Ponte Preta. Gum was born on January 4th, 1986 in São Paulo, Brazil. Gum is also known as Gum.


    Gum was born in 1875 in Guangdong. He breathed his last breath on May 15th, 1943.



    Notable Persons With the Last Name Gum

    Gum is a soccer player for the Fluminense FC, Marília Atlético Clube, Osvaldo Cruz Futebol Clube, Sport Club Internacional, and Associação Atlética Ponte Preta. Gum was born on January 4th, 1986 in São Paulo, Brazil. Gum is also known as Gum.


    Kirsten Gum is a sportscaster, raw food chef, presenter, sports commentator, raw foodism, television host, and raw foodchef. Kirsten was born on December 8th, 1972 in Alaska, United States.


    Namse Gum is a conductor. Namse was born in 1947 in Busan.


    Daphne was born on January 24th, 1916 in Pinnaroo, South Australia, Australia.


    Allen was born on July 22nd, 1969.


    Mongezi was born on September 23rd, 1970.


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    Popularity of Gum as a last name

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    Common last names for Gum

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Gum U.S.
      White 88.66% 64.26%
      African American 2.26% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.28% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.56% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.90% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Gum

    People with the last name Gum are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Gum

    • How Popular is the name Gum? As a last name Gum was the 12,504th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Gum first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Gum is Thursday, June 27th, 1878.
    • How unique is the name Gum? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Gum. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Gum: Your name in reverse order is Mug. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mgu. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Gum? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,479 people with the last name Gum.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gum? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gum as their last name since less than 1 person in 119k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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