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sertão

Line breaks: ser¦tão
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛːtɑ̃ːʊ
 
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Definition of sertão in English:

noun (plural sertãos)

(In Brazil) an arid region of scrub.
Example sentences
  • However, the sertão is distinctive in its low rainfall compared to other areas of Brazil.
  • The humid Zona da Mala covers 11% of the area, whereas the transitional Agreste occupies 19% of the state and the dry sertão covers 70% of the state land.

Origin

early 19th century: Portuguese.

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