from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two tropical American trees (Guaiacum officinale or G. sanctum) having evergreen leaves and very heavy, durable, resinous wood.
  • n. The wood of either of these trees, the hardest of commercial woods.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The guaiacum tree.
  • n. The wood or resin from such a tree.


New Latin lignum vītae : Latin lignum, wood + Latin vītae, genitive of vīta, life.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lignum ("wood") vitae ("of life"). (Wiktionary)


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  • Curriculignum vitae? The life of wood?

    March 13, 2008