Definition of chicle in US English:



  • 1The milky latex of the sapodilla tree, 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. 1.1
      another term for sapodilla


Via Latin American Spanish, from Nahuatl tzictli.