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

  • n. Any of several tropical American trees of the genus Amyris, especially A. balsamifera, having resinous wood that burns with a torchlike flame.
  • n. The wood of any of these trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Wood used to make torches.
  • n. A tree of the genus Amyris.
  • n. A type of cactus, Cereus heptagonus.
  • n. Wood exhibiting fungal bioluminescence, foxfire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The inflammable wood of certain trees (Amyris balsamifera, Amyris Floridana, etc.); also, the trees themselves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wood suitable for making torches.
  • n. A tree of the rutaceous genus Amyris, either A. maritima of Florida and the West Indies, or A. balsamifera of the West Indies.

Etymologies

torch +‎ wood. (Wiktionary)

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