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.
Latin, 'wood of life'.
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