fat·​wood ˈfat-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce fatwood (audio)
chiefly Southern US

Examples of fatwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some seasoned campers are partial to old-fashioned fatwood as a fire starter, and for good reason. The Editors, Field & Stream, 19 Aug. 2020 The catalog also included etched whiskey tumblers, telephones shaped like duck decoys, and even fatwood kindling, inspired by the trees on Mr. Perkins’s Florida property. New York Times, 15 May 2021 Split fatwood into pencil-size sticks, then shave off small pieces using a standard pencil sharpener or your knife. The Editors, Field & Stream, 17 Aug. 2020 Commercial fatwood is the exact same thing, but neatly packaged in stick form. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 21 Aug. 2019 Stored in a cool and dry location, a box of commercial fatwood will last year after year. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 21 Aug. 2019 Wedge fatwood splints or a couple of pine knots into these forks, all the way to the top. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2017 The fuel source in fatwood is simply pine resin that has become concentrated and hardened over time. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 21 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fatwood was in 1904

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“Fatwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatwood. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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