blue gum

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blue gum (plural blue gums)

  1. Any of various eucalyptus trees having blueish leaves, especially Eucalyptus globulus. [from 19th c.]
    • 2007, Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones, Allen & Unwin 2007, p. 95:
      I am hoping, maybe because I am roasting out here, that it is to accommodate some breed of shady tree. Like a bluegum or a paperbark.
  2. (slang, offensive) A person of sub-Saharan African origin, alluding to the blue coloring around their gumline

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