Gum resin

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Description

A plant exudation that contains both a natural resin and a carbohydrate gum. A gum-resin exudate never occurs naturally, but rather is the result of a bruise or incision on the plant. The white emulsion can be separated into the two components by extracting the resin portion in alcohol or the gum portion in water. Examples of gum resins are myrrh and gamboge.

Synonyms and Related Terms

gomme-résine (Fr.); gomorresina (Esp.); gommoresina (It.); gommaresina (It.); gum-resin

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Website address 1 Comment: "Copal of Zanzibar" at www.carriagemuseumlibrary.org/copal_zanzibar.htm

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