• WordNet 3.6
    • n Guaiacum small genus of evergreen resinous trees or shrubs of warm and tropical America
    • n guaiacum hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum
    • n guaiacum medicinal resin from the lignum vitae tree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Guaiacum (Bot) A genus of small, crooked trees, growing in tropical America.
    • Guaiacum The heart wood or the resin of the Guaiacum officinale or lignum-vitæ, a large tree of the West Indies and Central America. It is much used in medicine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Guaiacum gwā′ya-kum a genus of trees in the West Indies, that yield a greenish resin used in medicine.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Sp. guayaco, from native name in Haiti
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. guayaco, from a Haytian word.


In literature:

To produce sweating, employ cardus water, and mithridate, or a decoction of guaiacum and sarsaparilla.
"The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher" by Anonymous
It is not absolutely indicative of the presence of blood, for tincture of guaiacum is coloured blue by milk, saliva, and pus.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Here grow the jalap and the guaiacum, the sweet-scented sassafras and the sanitary copaiba.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
A teaspoonful of tincture of Guaiacum may be given before each poulticing, which may be done twice a day for an hour.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Serpentaria virginiana, aristolochia serpentaria, guaiacum.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Minute instructions are given in old works as to the mode of administering guaiacum.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6" by Various