|lignum vitae (ˈlɪɡnəm ˈvaɪtɪ)|
|1.||either of two zygophyllaceous tropical American trees, Guaiacum officinale or G. sanctum, having blue or purple flowers|
|2.||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]|
any of several trees of the genus Guaiacum, of the family Zygophyllaceae, particularly G. officinale, native to the New World tropics.
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