a gum obtained from several African acacias (esp. Acacia senegal), used in medicine and candy, for stabilizing emulsions, etc.
Origin of gum arabicafter Classical Latin gummi Arabicum
A gum exuded by the African acacia trees Acacia senegal and A. seyal, used as a thickener, emulsifier, and stabilizer in food, pharmaceutical, and industrial products. Also called acacia, gum acacia.
Origin of gum arabicgum1 + Arabic.