touchwood

[ tuhch-woo d ]
/ ˈtʌtʃˌwʊd /
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noun

wood converted into an easily ignitible substance by the action of certain fungi, and used as tinder; punk.
Mycology. amadou.

Nearby words

  1. touchpad,
  2. touchpaper,
  3. touchpoint,
  4. touchscreen,
  5. touchstone,
  6. touchy,
  7. touchy-feely,
  8. touché,
  9. touggourt,
  10. tough

Origin of touchwood

First recorded in 1570–80; touch + wood1

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British Dictionary definitions for touchwood

touchwood

/ (ˈtʌtʃˌwʊd) /

noun

something, esp dry wood or fungus material such as amadou, used as tinder

Word Origin for touchwood

C16: touch (in the sense: to kindle) + wood 1

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