Pernambuco
Proper noun
  1. A state of Northeast Region, Brazil
Translations Noun

Pernambuco (uncountable)

  1. A hard, reddish wood of a tree of the tribe Caesalpinieae, often used as dyewood; especially Paubrasilia echinata, used to make violin bows.
    • 1998, Strad, July:
      When I annealed the bows over heat, the smell was quite different from the Pernambuco wood we are used to.
    • 2002, Victoria Finlay, Colour, Sceptre 2003, p. 198:
      [P]ernambucco – the finest brasil from Brazil, so strong it almost resembles iron – became the favoured material for good bows.



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