Definition of Chicle

1. Noun. Gum-like substance from the sapodilla.

Exact synonyms: Chicle Gum
Substance meronyms: Chewing Gum, Gum
Generic synonyms: Gum

Definition of Chicle

1. n. A gumlike substance obtained from the bully tree (Mimusops globosa) and sometimes also from the naseberry or sapodilla (Sapota zapotilla). It is more plastic than caoutchouc and more elastic than gutta-percha, as an adulterant of which it is used in England. It is used largely in the United States in making chewing gum.

Definition of Chicle

1. Noun. The milky latex of the sapodilla tree, used after coagulation as the principal ingredient of chewing gum ¹

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Definition of Chicle

1. a tree gum [n -S]

Medical Definition of Chicle

1. The partially evaporated viscous, milky juice from Manilkara zapotilla, sapotaceae), which is native to the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America or a mixture of gutta with triterpene alcohols. Used in the manufacture of chewing gum. Origin: Sp., from Nahuatl chictli (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chicle

chickpea plant
chickweed phlox
chickweed wintergreen
chicle (current term)
chicle gum
chiclero ulcer
chiclet keyboard
chiclet keyboards

Literary usage of Chicle

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1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"While Balata is an almost pure hydro-carbon, with its various products of oxidation, chicle contains, also, the various impurities of the juice from which ..."

2. Venezuela: A Commercial and Industrial Handbook with a Chapter on the Dutch by Purl Lord Bell (1922)
"At that time only one or two chewing-glim manufacturers of the United States had learned to use Venezuelan chicle, but these, it was said, found it better ..."

3. The Microanalysis of Powdered Vegetable Drugs by Albert Schneider (1921)
"chicle. chicle Gum. The gummy exudate from the evergreen tree Achras sapota L., Sapotaceae. Brown to light reddish brown. Brittle, crumbly masses in dry ..."

4. Mexico of the Twentieth Century by Percy Falcke Martin (1908)
"... machinery and implements—San Luis Potosi Exhibition— Government encouragement — Eice — Cacao — chicle — Vanilla — Fibrous plants—Henequen—New tax ..."

5. Coffee and India-rubber Culture in Mexico: Preceeded by Geographical and by Matías Romero (1898)
"chicle, or Chewing-Gum.—This article, like many others, grows wild in Mexico, where the demand that has arisen for it in the United States has begun to ..."

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