brazilwood

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bra·zil·wood

 (brə-zĭl′wo͝od′)
n.
The reddish wood of certain tropical trees or shrubs in the pea family, especially the Brazilian tree Caesalpinia echinata, used for violin bows and as a source of a red or purplish dye.

[Obsolete brazil, brazilwood (from Middle English brasile, an Asian variety of brazilwood, ultimately, partly via Medieval Latin brasilium, from Old Spanish brasil, from brasa, hot coals (in reference to its color), of Germanic origin; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots) + wood.]

bra•zil•wood

(brəˈzɪlˌwʊd)

n.
1. any of several tropical trees of the genus Caesalpinia, of the legume family, as C. echinata, having a wood used to make violins and from which a red dye is obtained.
2. the wood of such a tree.
[1550–60; brazil brazilwood (Middle English brasile < Medieval Latin < Italian < Sp brasil, derivative of brasa live coal < Germanic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brazilwood - heavy wood of various brazilwood trees; used for violin bows and as dyewoods
Caesalpinia echinata, peachwood, peach-wood, pernambuco wood, brazilwood - tropical tree with prickly trunk; its heavy red wood yields a red dye and is used for cabinetry
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
2.brazilwood - tropical tree with prickly trunk; its heavy red wood yields a red dye and is used for cabinetry
Caesalpinia, genus Caesalpinia - small spiny tropical trees or shrubs; includes the small genus or subgenus Poinciana
brazilwood - heavy wood of various brazilwood trees; used for violin bows and as dyewoods
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
Translations
palo Brasilpau-Brasilpernambuco
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The tree, which proved highly valuable for the rich dyes that could be extracted from it, was called brazil-wood.

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