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[am-uh-doo] /ˈæm əˌdu/
a spongy substance prepared from fungi, Polyporus (Fomes) fomentarius and allied species, growing on trees, used as tinder and in surgery.
Origin of amadou
1805-15; < French, Middle French, apparently noun derivative of amadouer to coax, influence by flattery. verbal derivative of Provençal, Old Provençal amadou(r) lover < Latin amātōr-, stem of amātor (see amateur); name is usually explained by the conventional association between love and highly combustible substances Unabridged
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  • Thom says that Boletus laricis and Polyporus fomentarius yield the amadou of commerce.

    Among the Mushrooms Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
  • I suppose, if the datum has anywhere been admitted to French publications, the word "amadou" has been avoided, and "punk" used.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • In this English publication, the word "punk" is not used; the substance is called "amadou."

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Its thick spongy stem, being reduced to charcoal, takes fire like amadou.

British Dictionary definitions for amadou


a spongy substance made from certain fungi, such as Polyporus (or Fomes) fomentarius and related species, used as tinder to light fires, in medicine to stop bleeding, and, esp formerly, by anglers to dry off dry flies between casts
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Provençal: lover, from Latin amātor, from amāre to love; so called because it readily ignites
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