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quebracho

[key-brah-choh; Spanish ke-vrah-chaw] /keɪˈbrɑ tʃoʊ; Spanish kɛˈvrɑ tʃɔ/
noun, plural quebrachos
[key-brah-chohz; Spanish ke-vrah-chaws] /keɪˈbrɑ tʃoʊz; Spanish kɛˈvrɑ tʃɔs/ (Show IPA)
1.
any of several tropical American trees of the genus Schinopsis, having very hard wood, especially S. lorentzii, the wood and bark of which are important in tanning and dyeing.
2.
a tree, Aspidosperma quebrachoblanco, of the dogbane family, yielding a medicinal bark.
3.
the wood or bark of any of these trees.
Origin of quebracho
1880-1885
1880-85; < American Spanish, variant of quiebracha, quiebra-hacha literally, (it) breaks (the) hatchet; see quebrada, hatchet
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Examples from the Web for quebracho
Historical Examples
  • A quebracho log will not float upon water, but will sink like iron.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
  • Some, as you will see, are tanned by being suspended from a bar into a vat of quebracho.

    The Story of Leather

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • Already it competes with Colastiné for the export of quebracho.

    The Argentine Republic

    Pierre Denis
  • Oakwood and quebracho extracts, and divi-divi or algarobilla.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
  • In the division of the land the industrial firms sought the districts which were richest in quebracho.

    The Argentine Republic

    Pierre Denis
  • In Misiones there are two types of forest, which differ a good deal from each other, while neither resembles the quebracho forest.

    The Argentine Republic

    Pierre Denis
  • Each has a name of its own—quebracho santiagueño and quebraco quebracho chaqueño.

    The Argentine Republic

    Pierre Denis
  • The transport of quebracho timber and tannic acid is the chief item of its trade.

    The Argentine Republic

    Pierre Denis
  • Originally the quebracho was sought because it made serviceable and long lasting "sleepers" for railroads.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
  • Here grows the quebracho, which means the break-axe; so it is a very hard wood.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for quebracho

quebracho

/keɪˈbrɑːtʃəʊ; Spanish keˈβratʃo/
noun (pl) -chos (-tʃəʊz; Spanish) (-tʃos)
1.
either of two anacardiaceous South American trees, Schinopsis lorentzii or S. balansae, having a tannin-rich hard wood used in tanning and dyeing
2.
an apocynaceous South American tree, Aspidosperma quebrachoblanco, whose bark yields alkaloids used in medicine and tanning
3.
the wood or bark of any of these trees
4.
any of various other South American trees having hard wood
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish, from quiebracha, from quebrar to break (from Latin crepāre to rattle) + hacha axe (from French hache)
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