touchwood

[ tuhch-woo d ]
/ ˈtʌtʃˌwʊd /

noun

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
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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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