from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wood, as contrasted with soft tissues or with bark; that part of exogenous plants which comprises the alburnum and the duramen.
- n. A contraction for lignum-vitæ: applied in Australia to several species of trees because of their tough and hard wood. See the Australian species mentioned under lignum-vitæ.
- n. Any species of the wiry plants of the genus Polygonum.
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- n. woody tissue
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These are the same batch of balls as used hitherto but the overhead conditions are different, with the suffocating low cloud of St John's Wood and the humidity of Trent Bridge replaced by a buffeting cross-wind that eventually forced the umpires to call for the heavy lignum vitae bails.
That statement is true, because the lignum block at the bottom of the pond displaces however much water would have filled that volume of space on the bottom, except that the lignum is heavier and has moved it.
A rock that sinks — or, for that matter, a chunk of heavy wood, like lignum vitae — is heavier than the water it displaces.
Scent is confused (this often happens to Ph.D. s, one must be patient) because it would also be true to say that “Water displacement is why a block of lignum vitae sinks.”
The celebrant laying aside the chasuble receives from a deacon a Cross covered with a black veil which is removed by degrees, and presenting it to the assistants says: "Ecce lignum crucis".
The Tenors answer "In quo salus" and the whole choir "Venite adoremus" when all prostrate themselves except the celebrant who, advancing to the Gospel side of the altar uncovers the right arm of the Cross, repeating in a louder voice "Ecce lignum crucis," the choir responding as before.
At the centre of the altar he uncovers it in full, saying in a still louder tone, "Ecce lignum crucis"; the same response being made for the last time; it is then carried to the steps of the altar, the Pope and all present kneeling.
At each of these three stages, the priest raises the Cross and sings the words “Ecce lignum Crucis”; the deacon and subdeacon sing together with him “in quo salus mundi pependit”.
I suppose that in these days of PC, my response will be seen as inadequate but I always found that a quick smack with my stick (made of lignum vitae) used to settle the argument quite nicely. on October 12, 2008 at 9: 16 pm | Reply Altercation
Ecce lignum crucis: this is the beginning of the parousia of the divine judge, and at the sight of the triumphal banner of redemption, whilst the Church prostrates herself low in adoration, the powers of hell flee away terror-stricken into the abyss.