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- another term for guaiacum
- ‘Handles and other wooden components are mahogany lignum vitae, or fruit-wood rather than the beech typically used for tools.’
- ‘It is also a very hard and heavy wood, even more so than lignum vitae, or ironwood.’
- ‘Closer scrutiny reveals that they are made of lignum vitae, an exotic West Indian hardwood characterized by occasional streaks of bright yellow.’
- ‘Wild orchids and the gorgeous purple national flower, lignum vitae, twine among the tangle of vines and the aerial ‘Old Man's Beard’ drips from telephone and power lines.’
- ‘Look out for objects made of lignum vitae, a heavy rose-coloured hardwood, but shop around to get a sense of value before buying.’
Latin, ‘wood of life’.
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