The bright fall leaves of the black gum.Licensed from iStockPhoto
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a tall, deciduous tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) with sour purple fruits and leaves that turn scarlet in the fall, found in moist forests of the E U.S.
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See sour gum.