torchwood

noun

torch·​wood ˈtȯrch-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce torchwood (audio)
1
: any of a genus (Amyris) of tropical American trees and shrubs of the rue family with hard heavy fragrant resinous streaky yellowish-brown wood
2
: the wood of a torchwood

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Frankincense and myrrh are both resins extracted from trees in the Burseraceae family, also known as the torchwood or incense family. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, 23 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of torchwood was in 1833

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“Torchwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torchwood. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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