Bras"i*lin (?), n. [Cf. F.
bresiline. See 2d Brazil.] (Chem.)
substance, C16H14O5, extracted from
brazilwood as a yellow crystalline powder which is white when pure. It
is colored intensely red by alkalies on exposure to the air, being
oxidized to bra*sil"e*in (&?;),
C16H12O5, to which brazilwood owes
its dyeing properties.
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