Main definitions of Brazil in English

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Brazil1

proper noun

  • The largest country in South America; population 207,900,000 (estimated 2015); 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

Pronunciation

Brazil

/brəˈzɪl/

Main definitions of Brazil in English

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Brazil2

noun

  • 1A 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

    • ‘Tree nuts include walnuts, pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, pistachios, and more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mango and Thai basil salad with star anise, red chili, and Brazil nuts offers as much exotic sunniness as one bowl can contain.’
    • ‘Almonds, walnuts, cashews and Brazils are widely used in many foods.’
    • ‘To serve, arrange the red fingerling bananas, blackberries, raspberries, dehydrated mangoes, and Brazil nuts on a large plate.’
    • ‘Its flavour has been likened to a cross between a Brazil nut and a macadamia nut.’
    • ‘Actually, only parts of it weren't, since it's got a long list of ingredients: lettuce, quail eggs, hearts of palm, xuxu, mango slices, green onions, shrimp, Brazil nuts and cashews.’
    • ‘For this time I had walnuts from France, Brazil nuts from the UK (originally from Bolivia, the package says), pistachios and hazelnuts from Italy, and almonds from Spain.’
    • ‘Particularly good sources of selenium include cereals and other grains, Brazil nuts, seafood, poultry, mushrooms and asparagus.’
    • ‘I take no offense at spending money for walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts and the like, but the pecans tick me off.’
    • ‘Try dried apricots and almonds, dried mangoes and Brazil nuts, and dried figs and walnuts.’
    • ‘Some foods to consider include almonds, avocados, blackstrap molasses, Brazil nuts, dried figs, flounder, peanuts and wheat germ.’
    • ‘Many natural- and gourmet-food markets also carry almond, macadamia, Brazil nut, pistachio, cashew, pumpkin seed, hazelnut and sunflower seed butters.’
    • ‘So, Hartvig recommends consuming immune system boosters such as grapefruit, curly kale, avocado, Brazil nuts, echinacea and shiitake mushroom.’
    • ‘Almonds, Brazils and peanuts are good for helping to build or maintain muscle mass and help protect against glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure.’
    • ‘Unroasted nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and walnuts make an ideal snack food for would-be slimmers keen to get cracking.’
    • ‘I like all kinds of nuts - walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds.’
    • ‘What are now rich forest areas for harvesting Brazil nuts might wane into an impoverished old age unless harvesters change their ways, warns a large international group of scientists.’
    • ‘Switch almonds with Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.’
    • ‘Nut and raisin mixes (homemade with unsalted cashews, hazelnuts, Brazils, pecans and a few chocolate chips to make it more exciting) are filling snacks.’
  • 2mass noun Hard red timber from which dye may be obtained.

    The timber is obtained from several tropical trees of the genus Caesalpinia, family Leguminosae

    • ‘Brazil wood is great to reduce sugar in the blood and remove gallstones from the kidneys.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Brazil

/brəˈzɪl/