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1Any of several Australian eucalyptus trees that produce a red gum or have red heartwood; especially (also "river red gum tree") E. camaldulensis.
2Chiefly US. More fully "American red gum tree". The sweet gum, Liquidambar styraciflua.
Mid 18th century (in an earlier sense). Partly from red gum + tree, and partly from red + gum-tree.
red gum tree/ˌrɛd ˈɡʌm triː/
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