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[tawrch-woo d] /ˈtɔrtʃˌwʊd/
any of various resinous woods suitable for making torches, as the wood of the tree Amyris balsamifera, of the rue family, native to Florida and the West Indies.
any of the trees yielding these woods.
1595-1605; torch1 + wood1 Unabridged
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any of various rutaceous trees or shrubs of the genus Amyris, esp A. balsamifera, of Florida and the Caribbean, having hard resinous wood used for torches
any of various similar trees the wood of which is used for torches
the wood of any of these trees
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Encyclopedia Article for torchwood

any of 40 tropical species of large shrubs or trees found in the Americas that burn well due to the high resin content of its wood. Sea torchwood (A. elemifera) grows along the coasts of Florida, and balsam torchwood (A. balsamifera) is known especially from Cuba. Incense and aromatic oils are derived from torchwood, and extracts from the Mexican A. plumieri are used in lacquers.

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