Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Brazil wood

The heavy wood of any of the tropical trees, family Leguminosae, which yield a red, water-soluble dye, brazilin (C 16 H 14 O 5 ) which at one time was used to produced coloring materials used both in marbling and in dyeing leather. Brazil wood dyes have been largely superceded by the synthetic dyestuffs.

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