Definition of amadou in English:

amadou

Line breaks: ama¦dou
Pronunciation: /ˈaməduː
 
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noun

[mass noun] historical
  • A spongy substance made by drying certain bracket fungi and formerly used as an absorbent in medicine, as tinder, and for drying fishing flies.
    More example sentences
    • Most fly fishermen have heard of amadou, the fungus traditionally used to expel moisture from dry flies.
    • The traditional method to prepare amadou as tinder is to fill a pot with the fungus and to add enough strong urine to cover it.
    • From the early medieval period until the invention of the match a treated fungus product called amadou was widely used to speed the process.

Origin

late 18th century: from French, from Latin amator 'lover' (because it easily ignites).

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