from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) Wood suitable for making torches.
- n. (noun) A tree of the rutaceous genus Amyris, either A. maritima of Florida and the West Indies, or A. balsamifera of the West Indies.
And when they did not succeed, on their putting into their boats torchwood with a quantity of sulphur and pitch, the wind on the river suddenly caught their material that they had prepared against the enemy, and blew it into a light.
Do you suppose we could find torchwood in that pile yonder?
The manner of Lawson's death, as learned from Indian information, is found in a letter of Maj. Christopher Gale to his brother, Nov. 2, 1711, wherein it is said that the Indians stuck the unfortunate prisoner 'full of fine small splinters of torchwood, like hogs 'bristles, and so set them gradually on fire.'
Indians of North Carolina: Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, Transmitting, in Response to a Senate Resolution of June 30, 1914, a Report on the Condition and Tribal Rights of the Indians of Robeson and Adjoining Counties of North Carolina
'Torchwood,' the television show and a spin-off of Doctor Who, is an anagram of ‘Doctor Who.’