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1An evergreen tree of the Caribbean and tropical America, formerly important for its hard, heavy, oily timber but now scarce.Also called lignum vitae
- ‘The Hapsburg Charles V also controlled Spain and, consequently, all shipping to and from Hispaniola, where the guaiacum tree grew.’
- ‘In the United States the guaiacum is grown for decorative purposes in Florida and California.’
- ‘There are natural groupings of white and red fern leaf acacias in this Province, along with guaiacums, itínes, locust trees and white sages.’
- ‘But all this is part of the past, and now Villahermosa awakens with the delicate murmur of the river and the fresh aroma of the flowers of the guaiacums.’
- ‘There are natural concentrations of white and red fern leaf acacias in this Province, along with guaiacums, locust trees, itínes and white sages.’
- 1.1another term for guaiac
- ‘In the early 16 th-century a ‘wonder drug’, guaiacum, from the Americas, was discovered, and thought to cure syphilis.’
- ‘And guaiacum is used by herbalists today.’
- ‘In 1519 the German humanist Ulrich von Hutton wrote a treatise on guaiacum, a new wonder drug from the Americas that was believed to cure syphilis.’
Mid 16th century: modern Latin, via Spanish from Taino guayacan.
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