Guiacum vs. Guaiacum - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • 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 (66 ft) but 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 (Spanish), or gaïac (French). The genus name originated in Maipurean, the language spoken by the native Taínos of the Bahamas; it was adopted into 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.

Wiktionary

  • Guiacum (noun)

    alternative form of guaiacum

  • Guaiacum (noun)

    Any of a number of species of tree of the genus noshow=1, native to the West Indies and parts of the Americas.

  • Guaiacum (noun)

    The wood or resin of this tree.

Webster Dictionary

  • Guiacum (noun)

    Same as Guaiacum.

  • Guaiacum (noun)

    A genus of small, crooked trees, growing in tropical America.

  • Guaiacum (noun)

    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.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Guaiacum (noun)

    medicinal resin from the lignum vitae tree

  • Guaiacum (noun)

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

  • Guaiacum (noun)

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

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