touchwood

touchwood

[tuhch-wood]
noun
1.
wood converted into an easily ignitible substance by the action of certain fungi, and used as tinder; punk.
2.
Mycology, amadou.

Origin:
1570–80; touch + wood1

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touchwood (ˈtʌtʃˌwʊd)
 
n
something, esp dry wood or fungus material such as amadou, used as tinder
 
[C16: touch (in the sense: to kindle) + wood1]

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