Meaning of lignum vitae
Pronunciation: (lig'num vī'tē, vē'tī), [key]
- either of two tropical American trees, Guaiacum officinale or G. sanctum, of the caltrop family, having very hard, heavy wood.
- the wood of such a tree, used for making pulley blocks, mallet heads, bearings, etc.
- any of several other trees yielding a similar hard wood.