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Line breaks: ga¦rim|peiro
Pronunciation: /ˌɡarimˈpeɪruː

Definition of garimpeiro in English:

noun (plural garimpeiros)

(In Brazil) an independent prospector for minerals.
Example sentences
  • The few garimpeiros we encountered here explained that there had been news of an aquamarine find in the next valley, and most of their compatriots had left in hopes of getting a piece of the action.
  • Rather than mine the aquas themselves, the Tavareses permitted garimpeiros to work their land in return for the commitment to sell them what was found.
  • After our brief and completely unsuccessful experience as garimpeiros, we headed to a nearby fazenda for refreshments and a surprise.



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