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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Brazil, Federative Republic of Brazil, Brasilnoun

    the largest Latin American country and the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world; located in the central and northeastern part of South America; world's leading coffee exporter

  2. brazil nut, brazilnoun

    three-sided tropical American nut with white oily meat and hard brown shell


  1. Brazilnoun

    A large Portuguese-speaking country in South America. Capital: Brasilia. Official name: Federative Republic of Brazil (República Federativa do Brasil).

  2. brazilnoun

    A Brazil nut

    I picked up a handful of brazils from the bowl.

  3. Etymology: Origin disputed. Either from Irish Hy-Brazil (blessed land) or Portuguese brasil (red like an ember).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Brasil, Brazilnoun

    An American wood, commonly supposed to have been thus denominated, because first brought from Brasil: though Huet shews it had been known by that name, many years before the discovery of that country; and the best sort comes from Fernambuc. The tree ordinarily grows in dry barren rocky places, is very thick and large, usually crooked and knotty; its flowers, which are of a beautiful red, exhale an agreeable smell, which strengthens the brain. The bark is so thick, that when the trunk is peeled, which might before be equal in circumference to the body of a man, it is reduced to that of his leg. The wood is heavy, and so dry, that it scarce raises any smoke. It is used by turners, and takes a good polish; but chiefly in dying, though it gives but a spurious red. Ephraim Chambers


  1. Brazil

    Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population, with over 193 million people. It is the largest Lusophone country in the world, and the only one in the Americas. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km. It is bordered on the north by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French overseas region of French Guiana; on the northwest by Colombia; on the west by Bolivia and Peru; on the southwest by Argentina and Paraguay and on the south by Uruguay. Numerous archipelagos form part of Brazilian territory, such as Fernando de Noronha, Rocas Atoll, Saint Peter and Paul Rocks, and Trindade and Martim Vaz. It borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and occupies 47% of the continent of South America. Brazil was a colony of Portugal beginning from the landing of Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500, up until 1815, when it was elevated to the rank of kingdom upon the formation of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. The colonial bond was in fact broken several years earlier, in 1808, when the capital of the Portuguese colonial empire was transferred from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, after Napoleon invaded Portugal. Independence was achieved in 1822 with the formation of the Empire of Brazil, a unitary state governed under a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system. The country became a presidential republic in 1889, when a military coup d'état proclaimed the Republic, although the bicameral legislature, now called Congress, dates back to the ratification of the first constitution in 1824. Its current Constitution, formulated in 1988, defines Brazil as a federal republic. The Federation is formed by the union of the Federal District, the 26 States, and the 5,564 Municipalities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brazil

    bra-zil′, n. usually Brazil′-wood, the hard reddish wood of an East Indian tree, known as sappan, used in dyeing.—n. Brazil′ian, a native of Brazil, in South America.—adj. belonging to Brazil.—n. Brazil′-nut, the edible seed of a large tree, native of Brazil. [O. Fr. bresil (Sp. brasil, It. brasile)—Low L. brasilium, a red dye-wood, brought from the East, itself prob. a corr. of some Oriental word. When a similar wood was discovered in South America the country became known as terra de brasil, land of red dye-wood, whence Brasil, Brazil.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Brazil

    the largest South American State, almost equal to Europe, occupies the eastern angle of the continent, and comprises the Amazon basin, the tablelands of Matto Grosso, the upper basin of the Paraguay, and the maritime highlands, with the valleys of the Paraná and San Francisco. Great stretches of the interior are uninhabitable swamp and forest lands; forests tenanted by an endless variety of brilliant-plumed birds and insects; the coasts are often humid and unhealthy, but the upper levels have a fine climate. Almost all the country is within the tropics. The population at the seaports is mostly white; inland it is negro, mulatto, and Indian. Vegetable products are indescribably rich and varied; timber of all kinds, rubber, cotton, and fruit are exported; coffee and sugar are the chief crops. The vast mineral wealth includes diamonds, gold, mercury, and copper. Most of the trade is with Britain and America. The language is Portuguese; the religion, Roman Catholic; education is very backward, and government unsettled. Discovered in 1500, and annexed by Portugal; the Portuguese king, expelled by the French in 1808, fled to his colony, which was made a kingdom 1815, and an empire in 1822. The emperor, Pedro II., was driven out in 1889, and a republic established on the federal system, which has been harassed ever since by desultory civil war. The capital is Rio Janeiro; Bahia and Pernambuco, the other seaports.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. brazil

    An empire in South America, was discovered by Vincent Pinzon in February, and Pedro Alvarez de Cabral, a Portuguese, driven upon its coasts by a tempest, in 1500. The French having seized Portugal in 1807, the royal family and nobles embarked for Brazil, and landed March 7, 1808. Brazil declared war against Uruguay in February, 1865; entered into a treaty with Uruguay and the Argentine Republic against Paraguay, governed by Lopez, in May, 1865, and war was waged with varying results up to 1870.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Brazil

    From braza, the name given by the Portuguese to the red dye-wood of the country.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brazil in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brazil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Brazil in a Sentence

  1. Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Franca:

    The most important thing is, it's the historical roots that links Brazil and the United States. We share the same common values. If you think the constitution, you know the basis and the foundation of the Brazilian constitution, you see that we have the same values that they have from the Independence of the United States.

  2. Gil Castello Branco:

    We could never have imagined what's happening now in Brazil, civil society is now truly believing in a new era, with less corruption and impunity.

  3. Tereza Cristina:

    The news is worrying, but I think we have to lower the temperature. The Amazon is important, Brazil knows that, and Brazil is taking care of the Amazon.

  4. Enrique Alemañy:

    The question is whether (the crisis in Brazil) will continue all next year or if we are optimistic and there will be a recovery in the second half of the year, we believe that if it does recover, it will be towards the end of the year.

  5. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff:

    I think Brazil and the U.S. have a great deal in common, we are two countries that have a hallmark in our history, something that we actually had to fight to overcome. I'm talking about the blemish of slavery.

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immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
  • A. alternate
  • B. greedy
  • C. squashy
  • D. brilliant

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