Definition of lignum vitae in English:

lignum vitae

Pronunciation /ˌlɪɡnəm ˈvʌɪtiː//ˈviːtʌɪ/

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Latin, ‘wood of life’.

Pronunciation

lignum vitae

/ˌlɪɡnəm ˈvʌɪtiː//ˈviːtʌɪ/