#Brazil means red..quite interesting 😄 #brazilwood #braziliancoast #reddye

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Brazil’s official name is República Federativa do Brasil (Federative Republic of Brazil). The word “Brazil,” meaning “red like an ember,” comes from pau brasil (brazilwood), a tree that once grew abundantly along the Brazilian coast that produced a deep, red dye. Brazilwood was valued by European traders who came from the Portuguese coasts in the 16th century to trade with the Tupí-Guaraní Indians. The Portuguese officially named what we now know as Brazil Terra do Santa Cruz (Land of the Holy Cross), but traders simply called it Terra do Brasil.

The name of the brazilwood tree (Portuguese pau-brasil) is derived from medieval Latin lignum brasilium (or brisilium); the etymology of brasilium is often given as “red like an ember”, formed from medieval Latin brasa “ember, glowing charcoal” (Old French brese, from a West Germanic *brasa).

Source: https://www.factretriever.com/brazil-facts