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[braz-uh-lin, bruh-zil-in]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a yellow, water-soluble, needlelike, crystalline solid, C16H14O5, obtained from brazil and sappanwood: used as a dye and an indicator.
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Also brasilin.

Origin of brazilin

First recorded in 1860–65; brazil + -in2
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Historical Examples of brazilin

  • Brazilin crystallizes in hexagonal amber yellow crystals, which are soluble in water and alcohol.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4


British Dictionary definitions for brazilin



  1. a pale yellow soluble crystalline solid, turning red in alkaline solution, extracted from brazil wood and sappanwood and used in dyeing and as an indicator. Formula: C 16 H 14 O 5
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Word Origin for brazilin

C19: from French brésiline, from brésil brazil wood
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