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lig•num vi•tae

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

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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