from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A soft spongy substance, consisting of the more solid portion of a fungus (Polyporus fomentarius and other species found growing on forest-trees), steeped in a solution of saltpeter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A spongy, combustible substance, prepared from fungus (Boletus and Polyporus) which grows on old trees; German tinder; punk. It has been employed as a styptic by surgeons, but its common use is as tinder, for which purpose it is prepared by soaking it in a strong solution of niter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
spongy, flammablesubstance prepared from bracket fungi, formerly used as a stypticand as tinder.
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With the amadou he lighted up, and after about a dozen whiffs his eyes closed, his pipe escaped from his fingers, and he fell asleep.
My uncle did not forget — a supply of tobacco, coarse grained powder, and amadou, nor a leathern belt in which he carried
In the corner behind the door, shining hob-nailed shoes stood in a row under the slab of the washstand, near a bottle of oil with a feather stuck in its mouth; a Matthieu Laensberg lay on the dusty mantelpiece amid gunflints, candle-ends, and bits of amadou.
Thomé says that Boletus laricis and Polyporus fomentarius yield the “amadou” of commerce.
Besides the uses of fungi as scavengers of creation, there are some which have a commercial value and yield an article called “amadou.”
In this English publication, the word "punk" is not used; the substance is called "amadou."
The tin tricolor flag swings at the top of the church-steeple; the two chintz streamers still flutter in the wind from the linen-draper's; the chemist's fetuses, like lumps of white amadou, rot more and more in their turbid alcohol, and above the big door of the inn the old golden lion, faded by rain, still shows passers-by its poodle mane.
My uncle did not forget - a supply of tobacco, coarse grained powder, and amadou, nor a leathern belt in which he carried a sufficient quantity of gold, silver, and paper money.
Therefore every traveller should carry on his person the means of procuring a light, under ordinary circumstances of wind and weather; that is to say, he should have in his pocket a light handy steel, a flint or an agate, and amadou or other tinder.
He tried at first to replace amadou, which he so unfortunately lacked, by another and analogous material.