One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The milky latex of the sapodilla tree, formerly chewed by the Aztecs and now used to make chewing gum.
- ‘To the east lay the airstrip built half a century ago, when Wrigley's planes flew in regularly to buy chicle tree resin.’
- ‘Then immerse yourself in the exotic oasis of nearby Foster Botanical Garden, and send the kids sleuthing for chocolate, cinnamon, and chicle (chewing gum) trees, amid other varieties.’
- ‘The tree, which also produces the gum chicle, from which chewing gum is made, was cultivated in the region long before the arrival of the Spaniards.’
- 1.1another term for sapodilla
Via Latin American Spanish, from Nahuatl tzictli.
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