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quebracho

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noun que·bra·cho \kā-ˈbrä-(ˌ)chō, ki-\

Definition of quebracho

  1. 1 :  any of several trees of southern South America with hard wood: as a :  a tree (Aspidosperma quebracho) of the dogbane family which occurs chiefly in Argentina and Chile and whose dried bark is used as a respiratory sedative in dyspnea and in asthma b :  a chiefly Argentine tree (Schinopsis lorentzii) of the cashew family with dense wood rich in tannins

  2. 2 a :  the wood of a quebracho b :  a tannin-rich extract of the Argentine quebracho used in tanning leather



Origin of quebracho

American Spanish, alteration of quiebracha, from Spanish quiebra it breaks + hacha ax


First Known Use: circa 1881


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quebracho

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noun que·bra·cho \kā-ˈbräch-(ˌ)ō, ki-\

Medical Definition of quebracho

  1. 1:  a tree of the genus Aspidosperma (A. quebracho) of the dogbane family (Apocynaceae) which occurs in Argentina and Chile and whose dried bark is used as a respiratory sedative in dyspnea and in asthma—called also white quebracho

  2. 2:  aspidosperma 2




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