que·​bra·​cho | \ kā-ˈbrä-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce quebracho (audio) , ki- \
plural quebrachos

Definition of quebracho

1 : any of several trees of southern South America with hard wood: such as
a : a tree (Aspidosperma quebracho) of the dogbane family which occurs chiefly in Argentina and Chile and whose dried bark is used as a respiratory sedative in dyspnea and in asthma
b : a chiefly Argentine tree (Schinopsis lorentzii) of the cashew family with dense wood rich in tannins
2a : the wood of a quebracho
b : a tannin-rich extract of the Argentine quebracho used in tanning leather

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Recent Examples on the Web The Gran Chaco, which spans from Bolivia and Brazil to Paraguay and Argentina, is extremely bio-diverse, with more than 3,400 plant and 900 animal species – including quebracho blanco trees, tapirs and jaguars. Joel E. Correia, The Conversation, "South America’s second-largest forest is also burning – and ‘environmentally friendly’ charcoal is subsidizing its destruction," 2 Oct. 2019 In Wickett & Craig's case, that's done with the natural tannins from the bark of trees like mimosa and quebracho. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make Leather," 2 Aug. 2016 There are already plenty of strong woods in the world, like quebracho, snakewood, or African blackwood. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Chemical Treatment Makes 'Super Wood' That Could Replace Steel," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of quebracho

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quebracho

American Spanish, alteration of quiebracha, from Spanish quiebra it breaks + hacha ax

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“Quebracho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quebracho. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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que·​bra·​cho | \ kā-ˈbräch-(ˌ)ō, ki- How to pronounce quebracho (audio) \

Medical Definition of quebracho

1 : a tree of the genus Aspidosperma (A. quebracho) of the dogbane family (Apocynaceae) which occurs in Argentina and Chile and whose dried bark is used as a respiratory sedative in dyspnea and in asthma

called also white quebracho

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