Lignum Vitae Definition

lĭgnəm vītē
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
The very hard wood of the guaiacum, used in marine and machine bearings, casters, pulleys, etc.
Webster's New World
The wood of any of these trees, the hardest of commercial woods.
American Heritage

Origin of Lignum Vitae

  • New Latin lignum vītae Latin lignum wood Latin vītae genitive of vīta life

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin lignum (“wood") vitae (“of life").

    From Wiktionary

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