Touchwood Touch"wood`, n. [Probably for tachwood; OE. tache tinder (of uncertain origin) + wood.] [1913 Webster] 1. Wood so decayed as to serve for tinder; spunk, or punk. [1913 Webster]

2. Dried fungi used as tinder; especially, the {Polyporus igniarius}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Touchwood — is a shopping centre in Solihull town centre, in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom. The 650,000 sq.ft centre opened on 5 September 2001 and welcomes many visitors; figures for 2005 shows numbers as high as 17.2 million in that year alone.… …   Wikipedia

  • touchwood — [tuch′wood΄] n. [? altered (infl. by TOUCH) < ME tache, touchwood] dried, decayed wood or dried fungus used as tinder …   English World dictionary

  • touchwood — noun Date: 1579 punk III …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • touchwood — /tuch wood /, n. 1. wood converted into an easily ignitible substance by the action of certain fungi, and used as tinder; punk. 2. Mycol. amadou. [1570 80; TOUCH + WOOD1] * * * …   Universalium

  • touchwood — noun Decayed wood used as tinder; punk …   Wiktionary

  • touchwood — n. kindling, punk, wood that catches easily on fire and is used to start a larger fire …   English contemporary dictionary

  • touchwood — noun archaic readily flammable wood used as tinder, especially when softened by fungi …   English new terms dictionary

  • touchwood — n. Spunk, punk, agaric, German tinder …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • touchwood — touch·wood …   English syllables

  • touchwood — touch•wood [[t]ˈtʌtʃˌwʊd[/t]] n. punk I • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

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