There are 2 main definitions of Brazil in English:

Brazil1

Line breaks: Bra¦zil
Pronunciation: /brəˈzɪl
 
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The largest country in South America; population 198,739,300 (est. 2009); official language, Portuguese; capital, Brasilia. Portuguese name Brasil . /braˈzil/

Brazil is the fifth-largest country in the world. Previously inhabited largely by Tupi and Guarani peoples, Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese, who imported large numbers of slaves from West Africa to work on sugar plantations. The country was proclaimed an independent empire in 1822, becoming a republic after the overthrow of the monarchy in 1889

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There are 2 main definitions of Brazil in English:

Brazil2

Line breaks: Bra¦zil
Pronunciation: /brəˈzɪl
 
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noun

1 (also Brazil nut) A large three-sided nut with an edible kernel, several of which develop inside a large woody capsule borne by a South American forest tree.
  • The tree is Bertholletia excelsa, family Lecythidaceae
More example sentences
  • Other foods to stay clear of are tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, Brazils, hazelnuts and walnuts), sesame seeds, fish, shellfish, eggs and dairy produce.
  • Nut and raisin mixes (homemade with unsalted cashews, hazelnuts, Brazils, pecans and a few chocolate chips to make it more exciting) are filling snacks.
  • Almonds, walnuts, cashews and Brazils are widely used in many foods.
2 (also Brazil wood) [mass noun] Hard red timber from which dye may be obtained.
  • The timber is obtained from several tropical trees of the genus Caesalpinia, family Leguminosae
More example sentences
  • Many were impossible for Huguette to do by herself, such as the engraving of a cross in rock-hard Brazil wood or the levitation of crosses and relics by invisible means.
  • Brazil wood is great to reduce sugar in the blood and remove gallstones from the kidneys.

Origin

Middle English (in (sense 2)): from medieval Latin brasilium. The South American country Brazil (see Brazil1) takes its name from the wood.

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