• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Amadou A spongy, combustible substance, prepared from fungus (Boletus and Polyporus) which grows on old trees; German tinder; punk. It has been employed as a styptic by surgeons, but its common use is as tinder, for which purpose it is prepared by soaking it in a strong solution of niter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amadou A soft spongy substance, consisting of the more solid portion of a fungus (Polyporus fomentarius and other species found growing on forest-trees), steeped in a solution of saltpeter. Amadou has been successfully employed in surgery as a styptic, and in the form of punk it is used as a port-fire (which see). Also called black-match, pyrotechnical sponge, and German tinder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amadou am′a-dōō a soft spongy substance, growing as a fungus on forest trees, used as a styptic and as tinder.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. amadou, tinder, prop. lure, bait, fr. amadouer, to allure, caress, perh. fr. Icel. mata, to feed, which is akin to E. meat,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. amadouer, to allure (as in the phrase 'to coax a fire'); prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Norse mata, to feed.


In literature:

Thome says that Boletus laricis and Polyporus fomentarius yield the "amadou" of commerce.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
He tried at first to replace amadou, which he so unfortunately lacked, by another and analogous material.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne

In news:

Officer in Amadou Diallo Shooting to Get Gun Back.
From across the pond, on the west coast of Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall recalls seeing a 15-year-old for the first time, and a decade later it occurs to him that the same kid is a beacon for his own life pursuit.
The Boss, after more than a year of careful analysis, has taken a position on the Amadou Diallo case.
In the late 1990s, three victims of police brutality made headlines around the country: Amadou Diallo, the young West African man whose killing sparked intense public protest.
Amadou & Mariam Engage In The Business Of Show At The Box.
Amadou Diallo's heartsick mother was furious yesterday to learn that one of the cops involved in her son's death would get his service revolver back — and predicted more bloodshed.
The jurors in the Amadou Diallo murder trial returned to the courtroom at 10:40 last night after a second day of deliberations and asked to hear again some of the testimony from officers that they had heard reread on Wednesday.
Think about taking in tonight's Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier with Amadou & Mariam — the internationally acclaimed blind musical duo, who mix traditional Mali sound with rock guitars.
A lively streak of summer music tour stops in Madison continues this week, with shows by The Dunewells, Amadou & Mariam, Milo Greene, and Pondamonium with Garbage and the Flaming Lips.
Providence's Brice Kofane (13) battles Fairfield's Amadou Sidibe (left) and Keith Matthews under the boards for a rebound in the first half of Friday night's game at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
'MTMTMK' features guests Baaba Maal and Malian couple Amadou & Mariam.
THE MOTHER of police shooting victim Amadou Diallo blasted the NYPD on Sunday for the latest rash of police shootings that have claimed the lives of three minority men.
Catherine Steenkeste Amadou Gallo Fall, pictured with Spurs general manager R.C.
Former coup leader Capitaine Amadou Sanogo met Diarra.