pau brasil

noun
pau bra·​sil
variants: or less commonly pau brazil \ ¦pau̇brəˈzil \

Definition of pau brasil

: a variety of brazilwood (Caesalpinia echinata)

History and Etymology for pau brasil

Portuguese pau Brasil, literally, Brazil wood

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“Pau brasil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pau%20brasil. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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