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quebracho

[key-brah-choh; Spanish ke-vrah-chaw]
noun, plural que·bra·chos [key-brah-chohz; Spanish ke-vrah-chaws] /keɪˈbrɑ tʃoʊz; Spanish kɛˈvrɑ tʃɔs/.
  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.
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Origin of quebracho

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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for quebracho

quebracho

noun plural -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
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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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