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1Having a viscous or sticky consistency:‘a gummy discharge’
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- ‘Instead of twigs and straw, the swiftlet makes its nest from strands of gummy saliva, which harden when exposed to air.’
- ‘Bakery owners say despite the advent of new-fangled versions, nothing beats the classics, the ones oozing with gummy lotus seed paste and salted duck egg yolk to symbolize the full moon.’
- ‘Sassafras leaves contain not only sassafras flavour but also a gummy mucilage.’
- ‘The only evidence was a report that a government-hired ‘expert’ had detected a gummy substance under the consoles of some trains.’
- ‘These were pleasantly rubbery but although punctuated by bits of juicy broccoli, Chinese leaves and dusted with ground peanuts, their mild sweet and sour sauce left them too gummy.’
- ‘Despite the success of the amorphous sugar at inhibiting fat bloom, Hartel says that it could not be used in commercial chocolate because the sugar ‘picks up moisture easily and gives a gummy texture in the mouth’.’
- ‘Raw silk fibres are naturally coated with a gummy substance called sericin.’
- ‘Oil made locally for local use is generally not deodorized or otherwise treated, so is somewhat gummy and has a noticeable peanut taste; this is acceptable in, for example, African regional dishes.’
- ‘Its thick, gummy oil has blackened hundreds of miles of coastline in Spain.’
- ‘The pods, which are typically ridged and tapering, but may be almost round, contain many small seeds and a gummy substance which gives okra its special character.’
- 1.1 Covered with or exuding a viscous substance:‘his gummy eyes’
Toothless:‘a gummy grin’
- ‘With its eyes closed, jaws wide apart and its entire armory exposed in a ghastly gummy smile, its head looked like a necklace of death.’
- ‘The big heads and the little bodies, the huge eyes, tiny noses and gummy smiles - parents or not, we mammals come pre-programmed to respond to these characteristics with feelings of overwhelming protectiveness.’
- ‘You know, with Katie, her biggest problem was that she had a gummy smile.’
- ‘Like her, many of the residents are Irish; gummy men with drink problems who ‘emigrated not through choice, stayed though reluctant, and never returned out of pride’.’
- ‘His humour is of the sappiest kind with as much bite as a gaggle of gummy grannies.’
- ‘He has gummy gaps in his grin, the result of a stint as a boxer in the 1980s (he moved to Minneapolis in '84, after losing a big match in Fort Dodge, Iowa).’
- ‘He'd looked down at her and she'd given him one of her gummy smiles and for a moment I thought he was going to say something to acknowledge her.’
- ‘Modern cosmetic dentistry focusses on solving the problems of the gummy smile by guiding gums and re-contouring them for a better appearance.’
- ‘He gurns his face effortlessly into a toothless, gummy washerwoman's grimace.’
- ‘I mean, I think we're looking at a pretty narrow gene pool right here; something about that glassy eyed and gummy smile leads me to believe that everyone sat on the same side of the church at his folks wedding.’
- ‘Then he turned his big blue eyes on me and treated me to a big, gummy grin.’
- ‘‘I want new head phones,’ moaned the boy, who Casey could see, had messy brown hair and a gummy mouth.’
- ‘A gummy grin was her reward as Jeffery beamed at her.’
- ‘He twists his head, exposing one rheumy malevolent eye and half a mottled, gummy mouth.’
1A small edible shark of Australasian coastal waters, with rounded teeth that it uses to crush hard-shelled prey.
- ‘The same mix works just as well with a firm textured fish such as gummy or cobbler.’
- ‘But today he is singing the praises of a non-commercial creature - the humble eel, which he says has a unique flavor but can be best described to someone who has never tasted it as reminiscent of the taste and texture of gummy shark.’
2Australian NZ A sheep that has lost or is losing its teeth.
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