from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- The wood of the oriental
Cæsalpinia Sapan; -- so called before the discovery of America.
- A very heavy wood of a reddish color, imported from Brazil and other tropical countries, for cabinet-work, and for dyeing. The best is the heartwood of
Caesalpinia echinata, a leguminous tree; but other trees also yield it. An inferior sort comes from Jamaica, the timber of Caesalpinia Braziliensisand Caesalpinia crista. This is often distinguished as Braziletto, but the better kind is also frequently so named. The wood is also used for violin bows.
- a tropical tree (
Caesalpinia echinata) with a prickly trunk; its heavy red heartwood (also called brazilwood) yields a red dye and is used for cabinetry.
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- noun heavy wood of various brazilwood trees; used for violin bows and as dyewoods
- noun tropical tree with prickly trunk; its heavy red wood yields a red dye and is used for cabinetry
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