que·​bra·​cho kā-ˈbrä-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce quebracho (audio)
plural quebrachos
: any of several trees of southern South America with hard wood: such as
: 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
: a chiefly Argentine tree (Schinopsis lorentzii) of the cashew family with dense wood rich in tannins
: the wood of a quebracho
: a tannin-rich extract of the Argentine quebracho used in tanning leather

Examples of quebracho in a Sentence

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, 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, 2 Aug. 2016 There are already plenty of strong woods in the world, like quebracho, snakewood, or African blackwood. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 8 Feb. 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quebracho was in 1839

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“Quebracho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quebracho. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


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