from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tall rubiaceous tree of Venezuela, Sickingia tinctoria. It yields a rose-colored wood, easily worked and taking a fine polish, but losing its bright color on exposure to light and air. Shavings of the wood are used in Venezuela for dyeing a pale red. Also called cucharo.
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I shall mention only the paraguatan, a magnificent species of the macrocnemum, the bark of which yields a red dye; * the guaricamo, with a poisonous root; * the Jacaranda obtusifolia; and the serrape, or jape* of the Salive Indians, which is the Coumarouna of Aublet, so celebrated throughout Terra Firma for its aromatic fruit.
The fecula of the bark of paraguatan fixes and attaches itfelf to wool, cotton, and filk.
It muft be confcfled that the colour obtained from paraguatan has not the force of that of cochenilie.
In the firft place I obfcrved that the bark, the wood properly fo called, and the leaves of paraguatan afford different colours.
I shall mention only the paraguatan, a magnificent species of the macrocnemum, the bark of which yields a red dye; * (*