What does the word gums mean?

Usage examples for gums

  1. Eyes red- rimmed and staring, a long thin nose, and an unearthly pallor made it displeasing: the dropped jaw, showing the toothless gums, made it repulsive. – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  2. In addition, the Company planned to test all sweet gums, roots, woods, and berries submitted by the colonists in order to ascertain their medicinal values. – Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699 by Thomas P. Hughes

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