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[key-brah-choh; Spanish ke-vrah-chaw] /keɪˈbrɑ tʃoʊ; Spanish kɛˈvrɑ tʃɔ/
noun, plural quebrachos
[key-brah-chohz; Spanish ke-vrah-chaws] /keɪˈbrɑ tʃoʊz; Spanish kɛˈvrɑ tʃɔs/ (Show IPA)
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
1880-85; < American Spanish, variant of quiebracha, quiebra-hacha literally, (it) breaks (the) hatchet; see quebrada, hatchet Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These may be partly replaced by Natal bark, valonia, and quebracho respectively.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • Oakwood and quebracho extracts, and divi-divi or algarobilla.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
  • For some years now, two new factors of valuation have come into being: the culture of lucerne and the planting of quebracho wood.

  • Each has a name of its own—quebracho santiagueño and quebraco quebracho chaqueño.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
  • A quebracho log will not float upon water, but will sink like iron.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
  • In Misiones there are two types of forest, which differ a good deal from each other, while neither resembles the quebracho forest.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
  • In the division of the land the industrial firms sought the districts which were richest in quebracho.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
  • Originally the quebracho was sought because it made serviceable and long lasting "sleepers" for railroads.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
  • The quebracho trade yields very large returns with Indian labour, but Indian labour is an unknown quantity.

  • Here grows the quebracho, which means the break-axe; so it is a very hard wood.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for quebracho


/keɪˈbrɑːtʃəʊ; Spanish keˈβratʃo/
noun (pl) -chos (-tʃəʊz; Spanish) (-tʃos)
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
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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