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)

    • ‘But they have managed to control the disease in yellow gums and river red gums by adding nutrients to the soil.’
    • ‘A little further downstream were towering red gums and grey gums.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The school's year 4 students planted 64 native trees, including river red gums, wattle and melaleuca, to attract wildlife to the school.’
    • ‘It was mainly the river red gum,, from which the Aborigines cut and peeled long sheets of bark to make their canoes.’
    1. 1.1 Astringent reddish kino gum obtained from some red gum trees, used for medicinal purposes and for tanning.