lignum vitaelig·num vi·tae
- guaiacum (sense )
- Commerce the very hard wood of the guaiacum, used in marine and machine bearings, casters, pulleys, etc.
Origin of lignum vitaeModern Latin ; from Classical Latin lignum, wood (see ligneous) + vitae, genitive of vita, life: see bio-
nounpl. lignum vitaes
- Any of several tropical American trees of the genus Guaiacum, especially G. officinale or G. sanctum, having evergreen leaves and very heavy, durable, resinous wood.
- The wood of any of these trees, the hardest of commercial woods.
Origin of lignum vitaeNew Latin lignum v&imacron;tae : Latin lignum, wood + Latin v&imacron;tae, genitive of v&imacron;ta, life.
- The guaiacum trees, Guaiacum officinale and Guaiacum sanctum.
- The wood or resin from such a tree.