Definitions for guaiacumˈgwaɪ ə kəm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

guai•a•cumˈgwaɪ ə kəm(n.)

  1. any of several tropical American trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Guaiacum of the caltrop family.

    Category: Plants

  2. the wood of this tree; lignum vitae.

  3. Category: Pharmacology

    Ref: guaiac.

Origin of guaiacum:

1525–35; < NL < Sp guayaco, guayacán < Taino

Princeton's WordNet

  1. guaiacum(noun)

    medicinal resin from the lignum vitae tree

  2. lignum vitae, guaiac, guaiacum(noun)

    hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum

  3. Guaiacum, genus Guaiacum(noun)

    small genus of evergreen resinous trees or shrubs of warm and tropical America


  1. guaiacum(Noun)

    Any of a number of species of tree of the genus Guaiacum, native to the West Indies and parts of the Americas.

  2. guaiacum(Noun)

    The wood or resin of this tree.

  3. Origin: Modern Latin, from guayacan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guaiacum(noun)

    a genus of small, crooked trees, growing in tropical America

  2. Guaiacum(noun)

    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


  1. Guaiacum

    Guaiacum, sometimes spelled Guajacum, is a genus of flowering plants in the caltrop family Zygophyllaceae. It contains five species of slow-growing shrubs and trees, reaching a height of approximately 20 m but are usually less than half of that. All are native to subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas and are commonly known as lignum-vitae, guayacán, or gaïac. The genus name originated in Maipurean, the language spoken by the native Taínos of the Bahamas; it was adopted by English in 1533, the first word in that language of American origin. Members of the genus have a variety of uses, including as lumber, for medicinal purposes, and as ornamentals. The trade of all species of Guaiacum is controlled under CITES Appendix II. Guaiacum officinale is the national flower of Jamaica, while Guaiacum sanctum is the national tree of The Bahamas.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Guaiacum

    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.


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