brazilwood

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noun bra·zil·wood \brə-ˈzil-ˌwu̇d\

Definition of brazilwood

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of brazilwood

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


First Known Use: 1559


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