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gum arabic

a gum exuded by certain acacia trees, esp Acacia senegal: used in the manufacture of ink, food thickeners, pills, emulsifiers, etc.

Gum Arabic


a hard, transparent substance secreted by various species of acacia; a viscous fluid that hardens in air and dissolves in water, forming a gluey, slightly acidic solution. Gum arabic was formerly used in many branches of industry as an adhesive, but it is losing its importance increasingly with the development of polymer production.

gum arabic

[′gəm ′ar·ə·bik]
A water-soluble gum obtained from acacia trees in Africa and Australia; produced commercially as a white powder; used in the manufacture of inks and adhesives, in textile finishing, and as the principal binder in watercolor and gouache. Also known as acacia gum; gum Kordofan; gum Senegal.

gum arabic, acacia, gum acacia

A white, powdery, water-soluble gum, extracted from certain acacia trees; used in the manufacture of adhesives and transparent paints.
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Each test sample was dissolved or suspended in 5% Arabic gum solution, and orally administered.
Therefore, the interaction of Arabic gum with the clearcoat surface can be expected to vary for these clearcoats.
The glass transition temperatures of the mix containing maltodextrin, arabic gum and commercial ice cream mix were -27.
With this in mind, Canadian researchers examined the impact of maltodextrin and arabic gum on flow and dynamic properties, glass transition, particle size and distribution, water-holding capacity, and the texture of nondairy emulsions--both as a mix and frozen foam.
Zig Zag Green is made from the finest quality paper, uses a natural Arabic gum that `sticks every time' and highly visible packaging that really jumps out off the shelf, that is why it sells so well.
The close similarity of the chemical properties and the functional behavior of the gum has led many to consider mesquite gum as a suitable replacement for arabic gum.
The inherent fragility of the Sahelian zone (project area) is being aggravated by the on-going socio-political crisis which further weakens the resilience of the rural populations and local production systems including cereal crops production, non-timber forestry product (NTFP) such as Arabic gum harvesting and pastoralism.