One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A kind of insoluble gum or resin obtained from any of various tropical trees, and formerly used medicinally.
2More fully "hog gum tree". Any of various tropical trees yielding hog gum; especially (a) either of two trees of the family Clusiaceae, Moronobea coccinea of South America, and Symphonia globulifera of Central and South America and parts of Africa; (b) the poisonwood, Metopium toxiferum (family Anacardiaceae), of Central America and the Caribbean.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Hans Sloane (1660–1753), physician and collector. From hog + gum.
hog gum/ˈhɒɡ ɡʌm/
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