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English definition of “gum”

gum

noun     /ɡʌm/
MOUTH [C] B2 the hard, pink part inside your mouth that your teeth grow out of: [usually plural] Protect your teeth and gums by visiting your dentist regularly. gum disease DentistryThe teethProblems with bones, joints and teethThe mouth and throat
SWEET [U] (also chewing gum) a sweet substance that you chew (= bite repeatedly) but do not swallow: a stick of gumSweets
STICKY [U] a sticky substance like glue, used for sticking papers together → See also bubble gumGlues and gluing and stickiness
(Definition of gum noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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