gua·​ya·​can | \ ¦gwīə¦kän \
plural -s

Definition of guayacan

1 : any of several South and Central American timber trees typically with strong dense hard wood: such as
a : any of certain lignum vitae of the genus Guaiacum (especially G. sanctum)
b : any of certain trees of the genus Tabebuia
c : an Argentine tree (Caesalpinia melanocarpa) yielding a timber used for railway ties, paving, and heavy construction

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“Guayacan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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