lignum vitae


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lig·num vi·tae

 (lĭg′nəm vī′tē)
n. pl. lignum vitaes
1. Any of several tropical American trees of the genus Guaiacum, especially G. officinale or G. sanctum, having evergreen leaves and very heavy, durable, resinous wood.
2. The wood of any of these trees, the hardest of commercial woods.

[New Latin lignum vītae : Latin lignum, wood + Latin vītae, genitive of vīta, life.]

lignum vitae

(ˈlɪɡnəm ˈvaɪtɪ)
n
1. (Plants) either of two zygophyllaceous tropical American trees, Guaiacum officinale or G. sanctum, having blue or purple flowers
2. (Forestry) the heavy resinous wood of either of these trees, which is used in machine bearings, casters, etc: formerly thought to have medicinal properties
[New Latin, from Late Latin, literally: wood of life]

lig•num vi•tae

(ˈlɪg nəm ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi taɪ)
n.
2. the hard, heavy wood of the guaiacum, used for making pulley heads, mallets, etc.
[1585–95; < New Latin, Late Latin, literally, wood of life]

lignum vitae

A Latin phrase meaning wood of life, used to mean either of two types of tropical American tree.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lignum vitae - hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacumlignum vitae - hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum
Guaiacum officinale, lignum vitae - small evergreen tree of Caribbean and southern Central America to northern South America; a source of lignum vitae wood, hardest of commercial timbers, and a medicinal resin
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
2.lignum vitae - small evergreen tree of Caribbean and southern Central America to northern South Americalignum vitae - small evergreen tree of Caribbean and southern Central America to northern South America; a source of lignum vitae wood, hardest of commercial timbers, and a medicinal resin
genus Guaiacum, Guaiacum - small genus of evergreen resinous trees or shrubs of warm and tropical America
guaiac, lignum vitae, guaiacum - hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum
guaiacum - medicinal resin from the lignum vitae tree
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
Translations

lignum vitae

[ˈlɪgnəmˈviːtaɪ] Npalo m santo; (= tree) → guayaco m
References in classic literature ?
Bagnet briskly, "here we are, Lignum and myself"--she often speaks of her husband by this appellation, on account, as it is supposed, of Lignum Vitae having been his old regimental nickname when they first became acquainted, in compliment to the extreme hardness and toughness of his physiognomy--"just looked in, we have, to make it all correct as usual about that security.
Adopting Mr Kenwigs's suggestion, the company spoke very loudly, to look easy and unembarrassed; and almost as soon as they had begun to do so, a short old gentleman in drabs and gaiters, with a face that might have been carved out of LIGNUM VITAE, for anything that appeared to the contrary, was led playfully in by Miss Morleena Kenwigs, regarding whose uncommon Christian name it may be here remarked that it had been invented and composed by Mrs Kenwigs previous to her first lying-in, for the special distinction of her eldest child, in case it should prove a daughter.
Made from a variety of hardwoods such as lignum vitae, teak and ebony, although basic, the truncheon was a more practical weapon that could be used with one hand, leaving the other free to apprehend the criminal.
Nev, made him lead on his pardy, to the lignum vitae woods to work with
Lignum vitae, locally called Palu santu (the saint tree), was chosen for boat rudders due its strength, and for pulley blocks used in hoisting sails.
The traditional fence used as many poles , the normal relationship is a pole of the fence = extract a hardwood tree ( quebracho, lignum vitae ) of forest .
The city government had planned to plant a variety of trees in the city, which include Plaksa tree (Pipal), Banyan, Coconut, Margosa (Neem) Tree and tropical tree species such as Siris, Rain tree, Ashoka, Amaltas and other Cassia species, Terminalia (Indian Badam), Peltophorum (Copper pod), Gulmohar, Palm trees, Molseri and also Lignum vitae.
They run very true and can also be made lighter than traditional woods, which are made of lignum vitae.