- a red or blue dye from this wood
Origin of brazilMiddle English brasile ; from Spanish and amp; Portuguese brasil; probably ultimately (because of color) ; from Germanic an unverified form brasa: see braise
country in central & NE South America, on the Atlantic: declared independence from Portugal (1822): 3,286,488 sq mi (8,511,965 sq km); cap. Brasília
Origin of BrazilPort, short for terra de brasil, land of brazilwood: see brazil
A country of eastern South America. The largest country in the continent, it was ruled by Portugal from 1500 to 1822, when it became a separate empire ruled by Pedro I, son of King John VI of Portugal. A republic was established in 1889. Brasília has been the capital since 1960; São Paulo is the largest city.
- A Brazil nut
- I picked up a handful of brazils from the bowl.