Definition of red gum in US English:

red gum


  • 1An Australian gum tree with smooth bark and hard dark red timber.

    Genera Eucalyptus (and Angophora), family Myrtaceae: many species, in particular the widespread river red gum (E. camaldulensis)

    • ‘It was mainly the river red gum,, from which the Aborigines cut and peeled long sheets of bark to make their canoes.’
    • ‘But they have managed to control the disease in yellow gums and river red gums by adding nutrients to the soil.’
    • ‘The school's year 4 students planted 64 native trees, including river red gums, wattle and melaleuca, to attract wildlife to the school.’
    • ‘Mr Henry has also released a report which claims more river red gum and black box trees are dying along the Murray River than first thought.’
    • ‘A little further downstream were towering red gums and grey gums.’
    1. 1.1 Astringent reddish kino gum obtained from some red gum trees, used for medicinal purposes and for tanning.