[ braz-uh-lin, bruh-zil-in ]
/ ˈbræz ə lɪn, brəˈzɪl ɪn /

noun Chemistry.

a yellow, water-soluble, needlelike, crystalline solid, C16H14O5, obtained from brazil and sappanwood: used as a dye and an indicator.


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Origin of brazilin

First recorded in 1860–65; brazil + -in2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for brazilin



/ (ˈbræzɪlɪn) /


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

Word Origin for brazilin

C19: from French brésiline, from brésil brazil wood
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