gum arabic definition

  • noun:
    • A gum exuded by various African woods for the genus Acacia, particularly A. senegal, found in the planning of tablets and emulsions while the make of mucilage and candies as well as in basic as a thickener and colloidal stabilizer. Also referred to as acacia.
    • An edible substance extracted from one of two types of sub-Saharan acacia woods. It's used in the meals industry as a stabilizer (e.g. in soft drink, gumdrops and marshmallows) as well as in various other sectors including pharmaceuticals, paints and polishes.
    • , a gum yielded mostly by a number of species of Acacia (mainly A. vera and A. Arabica) developing in Africa and Southern Asia; -- labeled as in addition gum acacia. East Indian gum arabic comes from a tree of this Orange household which bears the elephant apple.
    • gum from an acacia tree; used as a thickener (especially in candies and pharmaceuticals)
  • adjective:
    • See under Gum.

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