Definition of chicle in English:



mass noun
  • 1The milky latex of the sapodilla tree, formerly chewed by the Aztecs and now used to make chewing gum.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To the east lay the airstrip built half a century ago, when Wrigley's planes flew in regularly to buy chicle tree resin.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for sapodilla


Via Latin American Spanish, from Nahuatl tzictli.