Definition of "touchwood" [touch•wood]

  • Material, such as decayed wood, that is used as tinder; punk. (noun)

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Use "touchwood" in a sentence
  • "Dick carefully polished the glass and held it at the right angle between the touchwood, that is, the scrapings, and the sun."
  • "We found in the Indian huts at Uruana the vegetable substance called touchwood of ants, * with which we had become acquainted at the Great"
  • "We found in the Indian huts at Uruana the vegetable substance called touchwood of ants, * (* Yesca de hormigas.) with which we had become acquainted at the Great Cataracts, and which is employed to stop bleeding."