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[bruh-zil-ee-in] /brəˈzɪl i ɪn/
noun, Chemistry
a red, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C 16 H 12 O 5 , obtained by the oxidation of brazilin: used chiefly as a dye for wood and textiles.
Also, brasilein.
Origin of brazilein
brazil(in) + -ein, variant of -in2 Unabridged
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  • The wood also yields a red dye called brazilin, which oxidizes to brazilein.
British Dictionary definitions for brazilein


a red crystalline solid obtained by the oxidation of brazilin and used as a dye. Formula: C16H12O5
Word Origin
C19: from German Brasilein, from brazilin
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