quebracho

noun que·bra·cho \ kā-ˈbrä-(ˌ)chō , ki- \

Definition of quebracho

plural quebrachos
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
2 a : the wood of a quebracho
b : a tannin-rich extract of the Argentine quebracho used in tanning leather

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Origin and Etymology of quebracho

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


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quebracho

noun que·bra·cho \ kā-ˈbräch-(ˌ)ō, ki- \

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
2 : aspidosperma 2

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