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

Examples of torchwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Little Torch Key, and its sister islands Middle and Big Torch Key, were named after the torchwood, a native tree found on all three islands that's effective as kindling even when wet. Tara Massouleh McCay, Southern Living, 6 Dec. 2023 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 18 Jun. 2024.

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