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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brazilwood was in 1559

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“Brazilwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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