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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Amadou  \Am"a*dou\,  n.  [F.  amadou  tinder,  prop.  lure,  bait,  fr 
  amadouer  to  allure,  caress,  perh.  fr  Icel.  mata  to  feed, 
  which  is  akin  to  E.  meat.] 
  A  spongy,  combustible  substance,  prepared  from  fungus 
  ({Boletus}  and  {Polyporus})  which  grows  on  old  trees;  German 
  tinder;  punk.  It  has  been  employed  as  a  styptic  by  surgeons, 
  but  its  common  use  is  as  tinder,  for  which  purpose  it  is 
  prepared  by  soaking  it  in  a  strong  solution  of  niter.  --Ure.