Definition of Lignum vitae

1. Noun. Hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum.

Exact synonyms: Guaiac, Guaiacum
Substance meronyms: Guaiacum Officinale
Generic synonyms: Wood



2. Noun. Small evergreen tree of Caribbean and southern Central America to northern South America; a source of lignum vitae wood, hardest of commercial timbers, and a medicinal resin.
Exact synonyms: Guaiacum Officinale
Group relationships: Genus Guaiacum, Guaiacum
Terms within: Guaiac, Guaiacum, Guaiacum
Generic synonyms: Angiospermous Tree, Flowering Tree

Definition of Lignum vitae

1. Noun. The guaiacum tree. ¹

2. Noun. The wood or resin from such a tree. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lignum Vitae

lignoceroyl-CoA oxidase
lignone
lignones
lignophagia
lignosae
lignose
lignoses
lignosulfonate
lignosulfonates
lignotuber
lignotubers
lignous
lignum
lignum-vitae
lignum rhodium
lignum vitae (current term)
lignums
ligroin
ligroine
ligroines
ligroins
ligs
ligula
ligulae
ligular
ligularia
ligularias
ligulas
ligulate
ligulated

Literary usage of Lignum vitae

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1. The Materials of Engineering by Robert Henry Thurston (1883)
"Lignum-Vitae (Guaiacum officinale) is obtained from the West Indies in logs of small size, and 3 to 12 feet (.9 to 3.6 metres) long. ..."

2. Sancti Aurelii Augustini Episcopi De Civitate Dei Libri XXII. by Augustine (1877)
"... illud sacramento; ut sic fuisse accipiatur lignum vitae in para- diso corporali, sicut in spiritali, hoc est intellegibili, para- 5 diso sapientia Dei, ..."

3. Hydro-electric Power by Lamar Lyndon (1916)
"Water circulation over the lignum-vitae bearings is generally sufficient, ... Lignum-vitae can continue to work after a considerable amount of abrasion, ..."

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