One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The hard reddish timber of a Brazilian tree, used for making violin bows and as a source of red dye.
The tree is Caesalpinia echinata, family Leguminosae
- ‘Although Custom outfits are available, the standard outfit includes a R.A. Meinel pernambuco bow.’
- ‘Modern bows are made of pernambuco, but as this becomes increasingly expensive and difficult to obtain some makers are experimenting with carbon fibre and other synthetics.’
Late 16th century: from the name of the Brazilian state Pernambuco.
1A state of eastern Brazil, on the Atlantic coast; capital, Recife.
- 1.1former name for Recife
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