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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.]
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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]
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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
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It harbors a large concentration of Brazilwood (Paubrasilia echinata), an endangered species (Varty 1998).
(Brazilwood) seeds, an endangered leguminous tree from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.
Saffron Walden is so called for its cultivation of crocuses, used for yellows, and Brazil gains its name from South America's plentiful stock of brazilwood, a source of rich reds: lignum brasilium means wood which glows like embers.
Among the topics are representing the Tupinamba and the Brazilwood trade in 16th-century Rouen, Bernardi's L'Amazone as a post-Enlightenment Brazilian Utopia, critical transfers between Brazil and France and the 19th-century press, Brazilian bandidos after French antiheroes, and Niemeyer's headquarters for the French Communist Party 1965-80.
(2005) have reported that stem diameter of brazilwood (Caesalpinia echinata Lam.) seedlings has not presented statistically significant differences on results obtained for this parameter when the seedlings of this species were developed under full sunlight, or 20 and 40% shading; nevertheless, when grown under 60 or 80% shading, the seedlings have shown higher values for stem diameter; however these values were not statistically different between each other.
farnesiana (huizache, acacia), Haematoxylum brasiletto (Brazilwood), Pithecellobium dulce (guamuchil), and Alvaradoa amorphoides (guachipil; Jimenez Salmeron and Garcia, 2002), in addition to field crops like tamarind (Tamarindus indica), peanut (Arachis hypogaea), mango (Mangifera indica), and corn (Zea mays).
Brazilwood was taken for its red dye, which the Dutch used on their canvas sails as a deterrence to mold.
Molina gave attendees a brief history lesson on the country, noting that the country derives its name from the brazilwood tree, which was its earliest commercially-exploited product.
The trade or traffic which the Indians of Guiana carry on with the Dutch consists chiefly in slaves, earthen jars, canoes, hammocks, baskets, Brazilwood, hiaree-roots, macaws, parrots, monkeys, balsam capivi, arracocerra, caraba or crab oil, and arnotta, for which they receive in return checquered cloth, fire-arms, gunpowder, hatchets, knives, scissars, different coloured beads, looking-glasses, fish-hooks, combs, needles, pins &c.