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lignum vitae

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noun lig·num vi·tae \ˌlig-nəm-ˈvī-tē\

Definition of lignum vitae

plural

lignum vitaes

  1. 1 :  the very hard heavy wood of any of several tropical American guaiacums

  2. 2 :  a tree yielding lignum vitae



Origin and Etymology of lignum vitae

New Latin, literally, wood of life


First Known Use: 1594

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lignum vitae

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noun lig·num vi·tae \ˌlig-nəm-ˈvīt-ē\

Medical Definition of lignum vitae

plural

lignum vitaes

  1. 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. 2:  the wood of a lignum vitae




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