Definition of lignum vitae in English:

lignum vitae

Line breaks: lig¦num vitae
Pronunciation: /ˌlɪgnəm ˈvʌɪtiː
 
, ˈviːtʌɪ
 
/

noun

another term for guaiacum.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Latin, 'wood of life'.

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