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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A substance, C16H14O5, extracted from brazilwood as a yellow crystalline powder which is white when pure. It is colored intensely red by alkalies on exposure to the air, being oxidized to bra*sil"e*in (�), C16H12O5, to which brazilwood owes its dyeing properties.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See brazilin.

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Examples

  • Sibukao contains much tannin and gallic acid, and a peculiar substance which distinguishes it from logwood, _brasilin_ (C_22_H_20_O_7_), which gives a red color to alkaline solutions instead of blue or purple.

    The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

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