[key-brah-choh; Spanish ke-vrah-chaw]
- 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.
- a tree, Aspidosperma quebrachoblanco, of the dogbane family, yielding a medicinal bark.
- the wood or bark of any of these trees.
Origin of quebracho
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Examples from the Web for quebracho
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.
- either of two anacardiaceous South American trees, Schinopsis lorentzii or S. balansae, having a tannin-rich hard wood used in tanning and dyeing
- an apocynaceous South American tree, Aspidosperma quebrachoblanco, whose bark yields alkaloids used in medicine and tanning
- the wood or bark of any of these trees
- any of various other South American trees having hard wood
C19: from American Spanish, from quiebracha, from quebrar to break (from Latin crepāre to rattle) + hacha axe (from French hache)