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(Plants) a spongy substance made from certain fungi, such as Polyporus (or Fomes) fomentarius and related species, used as tinder to light fires, in medicine to stop bleeding, and, esp formerly, by anglers to dry off dry flies between casts
[C18: from French, from Provençal: lover, from Latin amātor, from amāre to love; so called because it readily ignites]
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