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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 Braziliensis and 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as brazil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. heavy wood of various brazilwood trees; used for violin bows and as dyewoods
  • n. tropical tree with prickly trunk; its heavy red wood yields a red dye and is used for cabinetry


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