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[tuhch-woo d] /ˈtʌtʃˌwʊd/
wood converted into an easily ignitible substance by the action of certain fungi, and used as tinder; punk.
Mycology. amadou.
Origin of touchwood
First recorded in 1570-80; touch + wood1 Unabridged
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  • Let every thing be done to make Mr. touchwood comfortable, in the way he wishes.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • Lady Binks, the old landlady, and touchwood are all very good.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • The touchwood smoulders and smokes immensely, and a great black column rises in the air.

    The Gamekeeper at Home Richard Jefferies
  • His name is touchwood,” said his informer; “ye may see him at the Waal every morning.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • I doubt the possibility that a high order of character can coexist with a temper like touchwood's.

  • Mr. touchwood, I desire to know where you had your information?

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • These, communicated to touchwood, were soon formed into a blaze.

  • The tin was there so that we could make a fire in it of paper and touchwood.

    A Little Fleet Jack B. Yeats
  • “But never when there was any thing better to be had,” said Mr. touchwood.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • Searching in his doublet he drew forth a tinder box and touchwood.

    The Fifth of November Charles S. Bentley
British Dictionary definitions for touchwood


something, esp dry wood or fungus material such as amadou, used as tinder
Word Origin
C16: touch (in the sense: to kindle) + wood1
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