Brazil wood Bra*zil" wood`, Brazilwood Bra*zil"wood`(br[.a]*z[i^]l" w[oo^]d`). [OE. brasil, LL. brasile (cf. Pg. & Sp. brasil, Pr. bresil, Pr. bresil); perh. from Sp. or Pg. brasa a live coal (cf. {Braze}, {Brasier}); or Ar. vars plant for dyeing red or yellow. This name was given to the wood from its color; and it is said that King Emanuel, of Portugal, gave the name Brazil to the country in South America on account of its producing this wood.] [1913 Webster] 1. The wood of the oriental {C[ae]salpinia Sapan}; -- so called before the discovery of America. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. 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.

Syn: peachwood, pernambuco wood. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • brazilwood — [brə zil′wood΄] n. [see BRAZIL] a hard, reddish wood obtained from several tropical American trees (genera Caesalpinia and Haematoxylon) of the caesalpinia family: it yields a red or blue dye and is also used in making cabinets and violin bows …   English World dictionary

  • Brazilwood — Taxobox name = Brazilwood status = EN | status system = IUCN2.3 image width = 250px image caption = An adult specimen in a square in Vitória, Brazil. regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Fabales familia =… …   Wikipedia

  • brazilwood — /breuh zil wood /, n. 1. any of several tropical trees of the genus Caesalpinia, as C. echinata, having wood from which a red dye is obtained. 2. the wood of such a tree. [1550 60; BRAZIL + WOOD1] * * *       dense, compact dyewood from any of… …   Universalium

  • brazilwood — dygliuotoji cezalpinija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Cezalpinijinių šeimos dažinis, dekoratyvinis, medieninis, vaistinis augalas (Caesalpinia echinata), paplitęs Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Caesalpinia echinata angl. brazilwood;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • brazilwood — noun 1. heavy wood of various brazilwood trees; used for violin bows and as dyewoods • Hypernyms: ↑wood • Substance Holonyms: ↑peachwood, ↑peach wood, ↑pernambuco wood, ↑Caesalpinia echinata 2. tropical tree with prickly trunk; its heavy red wood …   Useful english dictionary

  • brazilwood — noun Etymology: Spanish brasil, from brasa live coals (from the wood s color), probably of Germanic origin; akin to Swedish brasa fire Date: 1559 the heavy wood of any of various tropical leguminous trees (especially genus Caesalpinia) that is… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brazilwood — noun A Brazilian timber tree, Caesalpinia echinata, used primarily to make bows for string instruments. Syn: dyewood, pau brasil, pernambuco …   Wiktionary

  • brazilwood — n. type of tropical tree from which a red dye is produced; wood of that tree …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brazilwood — bra·zil·wood …   English syllables

  • brazilwood — bra•zil•wood [[t]brəˈzɪlˌwʊd[/t]] n. 1) pln any of several tropical trees of the genus Caesalpinia, of the legume family, as C. echinata, having a wood used to make violins and from which a red dye is obtained 2) cvb the wood of such a tree •… …   From formal English to slang

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