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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tree Guaiacum officinale, or its hard and durable wood; also, G. sanctum. See Guaiacum.
  • n. A name of several other trees of which the wood is more or less similar to that of G. officinale. That of Guiana is Ixora triflorum, also called hackia; that of Queensland, Vitex lignum-vitæ of the Verbenaceæ. Acacia falcata, and Eucalyptus polyanthema of New South Wales have likewise received the same name; and so has Melanorrhea usitata, the black-varnish tree of Burma and Pegu.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum
  • n. small evergreen tree of Caribbean and southern Central America to northern South America; a source of lignum vitae wood, hardest of commercial timbers, and a medicinal resin

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