brazilwood

noun
bra·​zil·​wood | \ brə-ˈzil-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce brazilwood (audio) \

Definition of brazilwood

: the heavy wood of any of various tropical leguminous trees (especially genus Caesalpinia) that is used especially as red and purple dyewood and in violin bows, gun stocks, and cabinetwork

First Known Use of brazilwood

1559, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brazilwood

Spanish brasil, from brasa live coals (from the wood's color), probably of Germanic origin; akin to Swedish brasa fire

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“Brazilwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brazilwood. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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