quebracho definition by Webster's New World
- a tropical American tree (Schinopsis lorentzii) of the cashew family, whose hard wood yields an extract used in tanning
- a South American tree (Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco) of the dogbane family, whose bark yields alkaloids formerly used in medicine
- the wood or bark of either of these trees
Origin: American Spanish contr. ; from quiebrahacha, literally , ax breaker (because of the hardness of the wood) ; from quebrar, to break plush hacha, ax
quebracho definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. que·bra·chos
- Either of two South American trees, Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco whose bark is used in medicine, or Schinopsis lorentzii whose wood is one of the richest sources of tannin.
- The bark or wood of either of these trees.
Origin: Spanish, alteration of quiebrahacha : quebrar, to break (from Latin crepāre, to crack) + hacha, ax (from French hache, from Old French, of Germanic origin).