from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See kindling. See Regional Note at kindling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various trees with pale-coloured wood, especially the Australian tree Acacia melanoxylon.
- n. Wood used to light a fire; also a tree from which one obtains such wood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Pine wood abounding in pitch, used for torches in the Southern United States; pine knots, dry sticks, and the like, for kindling a fire quickly or making a blaze.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any wood used in lighting a fire; kindlings; especially, in the southern United States, very resinous pine wood.
- n. The ruddy duck, Erismatura rubida: so called from its toughness.
- n. An inappropriate colonial name for the Australian tree Acacia Melanoxylon, more properly called blackwood.
- n. Same as coachwood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tall Australian acacia yielding highly valued black timber
This mill is constructed of two large flat wooden cylinders, formed like mill-stones, with channels or furrows cut therein, diverging in an oblique direction from the centre to the circumference, made of a heavy and exceedingly hard timber, called lightwood, which is the knots of the pitch pine.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
A large platform, used for sunning wheat and seed cotton, was arranged by the negroes for their dance, and several wagon-loads of resinous pine -- known as lightwood -- were placed around about it in little heaps, so that the occasion might lack no element of brilliancy.
The floor was of the bare earth, covered in patches with loose plank of various descriptions, and littered over with billets of "lightwood," unwashed cooking utensils, two or three cheap stools, a pine settee -- made from the rough log and hewn smooth on the upper side -- a full-grown bloodhound, two younger canines, and nine half-clad juveniles of the flax-head species.
The rustic maiden, slow and sweet in ungrammatical speech, who helps plant corn by day, and makes picturesque the interior of the cabin in the glare of "lightwood" torches by night; turns men's heads and wins children's hearts in Charles Egbert Craddock's tale, _The
States pine-fat with resin is called lightwood, and is used for the same purpose. "
Tar was made from lightwood, which was the heart of the dead pine.
He set the stub in the three-pronged holder, then lit it with a stick of lightwood from the hearth.
Fire rolled out of the fire place and lighted a pile of rich lightwood and when Mr. Davis and family awaked they had barely time to escape from the house.
For instance, at the first sniffle they were called in and given a drink of fat lightwood tea, made by pouring boiling water over finely split kindling -- "that" explained Aunt Adeline, "was cause lightwood got turpentine in it".
"'Cause lightwood got turpentine in it," explained Adeline.