from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The reddish wood of certain tropical trees or shrubs in the pea family, especially a Brazilian tree Caesalpinia echinata, whose wood is used for violin bows and as a source of a red or purplish dye.
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- n. A Brazilian timber tree, Caesalpinia echinata, used primarily to make bows for string instruments.
Obsolete brazil, brazilwood (from Middle English brasile, from Old Spanish or Portuguese brasil, probably of East Indian origin) + wood1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)