There are 2 main definitions of pernambuco in English:

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pernambuco 1

Pronunciation: /ˌpərnəmˈb(y)o͞okō/
(also pernambuco wood)

noun

The hard reddish timber of a Brazilian tree, used for making violin bows and as a source of red dye.
  • The tree is Caesalpinia echinata, family Leguminosae.
Example sentences
  • Modern bows are made of pernambuco, but as this becomes increasingly expensive and difficult to obtain some makers are experimenting with carbon fibre and other synthetics.
  • Although Custom outfits are available, the standard outfit includes a R.A. Meinel pernambuco bow.

Origin

Late 16th century: from the name of the Brazilian state Pernambuco.

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Syllabification: per·nam·bu·co

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Pernambuco 2

Pronunciation: /ˌpərnəmˈb(y)o͞okō/ Pronunciation: /ˌpernäm-/
1A state of eastern Brazil, on the Atlantic coast; capital, Recife.
1.1 former name for Recife.

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Syllabification: Per·nam·bu·co

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