from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of small, crooked trees, growing in tropical America.
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of trees and shrubs, of the order Zygophyllaceæ, of tropical and subtropical North America, including 8 species.
- n. The wood of trees of this genus.
- n. A resin obtained from guaiacum-wood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small genus of evergreen resinous trees or shrubs of warm and tropical America
- n. hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum
- n. medicinal resin from the lignum vitae tree
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It is found by experience to bee farre better and of more vses then the wood which is called Guaiacum, or Lignum vitæ.
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It is found by experience to be far better and of more vses then the wood which is called Guaiacum, or Lignum vitæ.
Some of the characteristic species are boxwood (Phyllostylon brasiliensis), lignum vitae (Guaiacum sanctum) and Haematoxylum brasiletto.
Phyllostylon brasiliense, Albizzia cubana and Guaiacum officinale.
Selective felling has affected mahogany Swietenia macrophylla, red cedar Cedrela odorata, white cedar Simarouba glauca, Cordia dodecandra, Guaiacum sanctum, Metopium brownei and Thrinax radiata.
Species threatened due to selective exploitation include Cedrela odorata, Swietenia humilis, Fraxinus uhdei, Juglans major, Tilia mexicana, Abies religiosa, Guaiacum coulteri, Talauma sp. and Magnolia iltisiana.
Cephalocereus maxonii, Nyctocereus guatemalensis, and Guaiacum santum.
Thei haue greate plenty of Hebenum, a woode muche like Guaiacum, and of Siliquastrum.
Or the tabloids of _Guaiacum and sulphur_, now found in our drug shops, may be taken, one tabloid representing the half-teaspoonful of tincture.
A teaspoonful of tincture of Guaiacum may be given before each poulticing, which may be done twice a day for an hour.