bassora gum

bassora gum
\\ˈbas(ə)rə-, ˈbəs-\ noun
Usage: often capitalized B
Etymology: from Bassorah (Basra), Iraq
: sterculia gum; especially : a gum derived from an Asiatic tree (Cochlospermum gossypium)

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