guaiacum

guaiacum

[gwahy-uh-kuhm]
noun
1.
any of several tropical American trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Guaiacum of the caltrop family; lignum vitae.
2.
the hard, heavy wood of such a tree; guaiac.
3.
resin obtained from such a tree; guaiac.

Origin:
1525–35; < Neo-Latin < Spanish guayaco, guayacán < Taino

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guaiacum or guaiocum (ˈɡwaɪəkəm)
 
n
1.  any tropical American evergreen tree of the zygophyllaceous genus Guaiacum, such as the lignum vitae
2.  the hard heavy wood of any of these trees
3.  Also called: guaiac a brownish resin obtained from the lignum vitae, used medicinally and in making varnishes
 
[C16: New Latin, from Spanish guayaco, of Taino origin]
 
guaiocum or guaiocum (ˈɡwaɪəkəm, ˈɡwaɪæk)
 
n
 
[C16: New Latin, from Spanish guayaco, of Taino origin]

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