lignum vitae

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lig·num vi·tae

noun \ˌlig-nəm-ˈvī-tē\
plural lignum vitaes

Definition of LIGNUM VITAE

1
:  the very hard heavy wood of any of several tropical American guaiacums
2
:  a tree yielding lignum vitae

Origin of LIGNUM VITAE

New Latin, literally, wood of life
First Known Use: 1594

Rhymes with LIGNUM VITAE

lig·num vi·tae

noun \ˌlig-nəm-ˈvīt-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural lignum vitaes

Medical Definition of LIGNUM VITAE

1
: any of several tropical American trees of the genus Guaiacum with very hard heavy wood; especially : either of two (G. officinale or G. sanctum) that are sources of guaiacum resin
2
: the wood of a lignum vitae

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