Definitions for guaiacumˈgwaɪ ə kəm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
guai•a•cumˈgwaɪ ə kəm(n.)
any of several tropical American trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Guaiacum of the caltrop family.
the wood of this tree; lignum vitae.
Origin of guaiacum:
1525–35; < NL < Sp guayaco, guayacán < Taino
medicinal resin from the lignum vitae tree
lignum vitae, guaiac, guaiacum(noun)
hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum
Guaiacum, genus Guaiacum(noun)
small genus of evergreen resinous trees or shrubs of warm and tropical America
Any of a number of species of tree of the genus Guaiacum, native to the West Indies and parts of the Americas.
The wood or resin of this tree.
Origin: Modern Latin, from guayacan.
a genus of small, crooked trees, growing in tropical America
the heart wood or the resin of the Guaiacum offinale or lignum-vitae, a large tree of the West Indies and Central America. It is much used in medicine
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A plant genus of the family ZYGOPHYLLACEAE. GUAIAC is obtained from G. officinale or G. sanctum. Some species in this genus are called lignum vitae which is also a common name for other trees.