brazilwood


brazilwood
/breuh zil"wood'/, n.
1. any of several tropical trees of the genus Caesalpinia, as C. echinata, having wood from which a red dye is obtained.
2. the wood of such a tree.
[1550-60; BRAZIL + WOOD1]

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      dense, compact dyewood from any of various tropical trees whose extracts yield bright crimson and deep purple colours. Brazilwood is also used in cabinetwork. In ancient and medieval times, the brazilwood imported to Europe from the Middle East was Caesalpinia braziliensis and other species of Caesalpinia. Caesalpinia echinata (called pau-brasil in Portuguese) is indigenous to the Brazilian coast and played a role in the naming of that country.

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  • brazilwood — noun A Brazilian timber tree, Caesalpinia echinata, used primarily to make bows for string instruments. Syn: dyewood, pau brasil, pernambuco …   Wiktionary

  • brazilwood — n. type of tropical tree from which a red dye is produced; wood of that tree …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brazilwood — bra·zil·wood …   English syllables

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