from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tree of the genus Guaiacum; a lignum vitae.
- n. The wood of a guaiacum.
- n. A greenish-brown resin obtained from this tree, used medicinally and in varnishes.
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- n. Any of a number of species of tree of the genus Guaiacum, native to the West Indies and parts of the Americas.
- n. The wood or resin of this tree.
Contains images as well as text written in Spanish and Náhuatl. gente de razon: "civilized" people. guaiacum: wood from a tree native to the West Indies, used as a medicine, especially for syphilis; sometimes called "palo santo." limpieza de sangre: "purity of blood"; the absence of Jewish or Muslim ancestors.
Chocolate was not the only American product to do so — tobacco, sarsaparilla, and guaiacum were just a few of the other new plants to accumulate fantastic claims of curing power to their names.
This was guaiacum, sometimes called palo santo, a wood from a tree native to the West Indies.
He continues with advice on how to recognize and treat the disease with various substances and techniques such as sarsaparilla, guaiacum, various ointments, and fumigation.
Scoltzii, make frequent and good use of guaiacum and China,
The most active part of the tuber lies just beneath the skin, as may be shown by pouring some tincture of guaiacum over the cut surface of a Potato, when a ring of blue forms close to the skin, and is darkest there while extending over the whole cut surface.
It is not absolutely indicative of the presence of blood, for tincture of guaiacum is coloured blue by milk, saliva, and pus.
= -- Tincture of guaiacum produces in the watery solution a reddish-white precipitate of the resin, but on addition of an aqueous solution of peroxide of hydrogen, or of an ethereal solution of the same substance (known as _ozonic ether_), a blue or bluish-green colour is developed.
-- Take a teaspoonful of the tincture of gum guaiacum and one teaspoonful of vinegar; mix well and apply to the affected parts.
Take of 95 percent alcohol 2 quarts, and add to it the following articles: oils of sarsafras and hemlock, spirits of turpentine, balsam of fir, chloriform, tincture of catechu and guaiacum, of each 1 oz., oil of origanum 2 oz., oil of wintergreen 1/2 oz., and gum of camphor 1/2 oz.