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guaiacum


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lignum-vitae  \Lig"num-vi"tae\  (-v[imac]"t[=e]),  n.  [L.,  wood  of 
  life;  lignum  wood  +  vita,  genitive  vit[ae],  life.]  (Bot.) 
  A  tree  ({Guaiacum  officinale})  found  in  the  warm  latitudes  of 
  America,  from  which  the  {guaiacum}  of  medicine  is  procured. 
  Its  wood  is  very  hard  and  heavy,  and  is  used  for  various 
  mechanical  purposes,  as  for  the  wheels  of  ships'  blocks, 
  cogs,  bearings,  and  the  like  See  {Guaiacum}. 
 
  Note:  In  New  Zealand  the  {Metrosideros  buxifolia}  is  called 
  lignum-vit[ae],  and  in  Australia  a  species  of  {Acacia}. 
  The  bastard  lignum-vit[ae]  is  a  West  Indian  tree 
  ({Sarcomphalus  laurinus}). 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Guaiacum  \Gua"ia*cum\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Sp  guayaco,  from  native 
  name  in  Hayti.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  genus  of  small  crooked  trees,  growing  in 
  tropical  America. 
 
  2.  The  heart  wood  or  the  resin  of  the  {Guaiacum  offinale}  or 
  lignum-vit[ae],  a  large  tree  of  the  West  Indies  and 
  Central  America.  It  is  much  used  in  medicine.  [Written 
  also  {guaiac}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  guaiacum 
  n  1:  medicinal  resin  from  the  lignum  vitae  tree 
  2:  hard  greenish-brown  wood  of  the  lignum  vitae  tree  and  other 
  trees  of  the  genus  Guaiacum  [syn:  {lignum  vitae},  {guaiac}] 
  3:  small  genus  of  evergreen  resinous  trees  or  shrubs  of  warm 
  and  tropical  America  [syn:  {Guaiacum},  {genus  Guaiacum}] 




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