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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bra·zil wood, Bra·zil·wood
 1. The wood of the oriental Cæsalpinia Sapan; -- so called before the discovery of America.
 2. A very heavy wood of a reddish color, imported from Brazil and other tropical countries, for cabinet-work, and for dyeing.  The best is the heartwood of Caesalpinia echinata, a leguminous tree; but other trees also yield it.  An inferior sort comes from Jamaica, the timber of Caesalpinia Braziliensis and Caesalpinia crista.  This is often distinguished as Braziletto , but the better kind is also frequently so named.  The wood is also used for violin bows.