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touchwood

[tuhch-woo d] /ˈtʌtʃˌwʊd/
noun
1.
wood converted into an easily ignitible substance by the action of certain fungi, and used as tinder; punk.
2.
Mycology, amadou.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; touch + wood1
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touchwood

/ˈtʌtʃˌwʊd/
noun
1.
something, esp dry wood or fungus material such as amadou, used as tinder
Word Origin
C16: touch (in the sense: to kindle) + wood1
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