Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of trees and shrubs, of the order Zygophyllaceæ, of tropical and subtropical North America, including 8 species.
  • noun The wood of trees of this genus.
  • noun A resin obtained from guaiacum-wood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of small, crooked trees, growing in tropical America.
  • noun The heart wood or the resin of the Guaiacum officinale or lignum-vitæ, a large tree of the West Indies and Central America. It is much used in medicine.

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

  • noun small genus of evergreen resinous trees or shrubs of warm and tropical America
  • noun hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum
  • noun medicinal resin from the lignum vitae tree

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