Definition of caboclo in English:


Line breaks: ca|bo¦clo
Pronunciation: /kəˈbəʊkləʊ

noun (plural caboclos)

  • 1(In Brazil) an American Indian.
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    • Starting in Manicore, they explored the neighboring areas in a rented speedboat, visiting riverbank settlements and showing photos of Little Fellow to the caboclos there, asking hundreds of people if they had ever seen any such monkey.
    • The study's intent is to reveal how the largely subsistence economies of the people of the river's mouth, the caboclos, illustrate a sustainable alternative to the rapacious nature of Amazonian development today.
    • When he wishes to indicate people of American Indian physical type in the Reconcavo, he generally says caboclo.
  • 1.1A Brazilian of mixed white and Indian or Indian and black ancestry.
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    • And he only partially addresses the broader economic pressures of poverty that caboclos face as the overall Brazilian economy continues along its uncertain path.
    • Jeanette was moved by the grace and dignity of the Brazilian caboclos who live along the river.
    • This paper analyzes the festival from an anthropological perspective, suggesting its interpretation as a contemporary cultural movement that, while enhancing regional indigenous roots, expresses a positive statement of a Brazilian ‘caboclo,’ or mestizo, cultural identity.


Brazilian Portuguese, perhaps from Tupi Kaa-boc 'person having copper-coloured skin'.

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