lignum vitae

  1. hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum
  2. small evergreen tree of Caribbean and southern Central America to northern South America; a source of lignum vitae wood, hardest of commercial timbers, and a medicinal resin
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  • The site of the settlement is on the right or northern bank behind the projection, a slip of morass backed by swamps and thick growths, chiefly bombax, palm and acacia, lignum vitae, the mammee-apple and the cork-tree, palmyra, pandanus, and groves of papyrus. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo
  • The main part of the frame is constructed from lignum vitae and there are inlays of ebony, amboyna burl and desert ironwood. A Whole Lotta Nothing
  • The ones I missed right off the bat were the swallow-tailed butterflies (the big yellow and black ones that used to be everywhere), the long-tailed hummingbird and Lignum Vitae trees.
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