brazilin

noun
braz·​i·​lin | \ ˈbrazələ̇n, brəˈzil- \
variants: or less commonly brasilin
plural -s

Definition of brazilin

: a white or pale yellow phenolic compound C16H14O5 obtained from brazilwoods of the genus Caesalpinia and used especially formerly in dyeing because of its ready oxidation to brazilein

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History and Etymology for brazilin

French brésiline, from brésil brazilwood (from Old French bresil, probably from Old Spanish brasil) + -ine

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“Brazilin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brazilin. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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