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quebracho Line breaks: que¦bra|cho
Pronunciation: /kɪˈbrɑːtʃəʊ/

Definition of quebracho in English:

noun (plural quebrachos)

A South American tree whose timber and bark are a rich source of tannin.
  • Genera Aspidosperma (family Apocynaceae) and Schinopsis (family Anacardiaceae)
Example sentences
  • Ring dimensions were measured with dial calipers and results expressed as % equivalents to an 8-point standard curve of crude quebracho tannin.
  • The woods are composed of the ‘red’ quebracho reaching some 15 m in height.
  • The red quebracho grows only in the jungles of the Gran Chaco, an area along the banks of the Paraguay River.


Late 19th century: from Spanish, from quebrar 'to break' + hacha 'axe'.

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