Main definitions of Brazil in English

: Brazil1Brazil2

Brazil1

proper noun

  • The largest country in South America; population 198,739,300 (est. 2009); official language, Portuguese; capital, Brasilia.

    Portuguese name Brasil

Pronunciation:

Brazil

/brəˈzɪl/

Main definitions of Brazil in English

: Brazil1Brazil2

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.

    • ‘Nut and raisin mixes (homemade with unsalted cashews, hazelnuts, Brazils, pecans and a few chocolate chips to make it more exciting) are filling snacks.’
    • ‘I take no offense at spending money for walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts and the like, but the pecans tick me off.’
    • ‘Particularly good sources of selenium include cereals and other grains, Brazil nuts, seafood, poultry, mushrooms and asparagus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its flavour has been likened to a cross between a Brazil nut and a macadamia nut.’
    • ‘Mango and Thai basil salad with star anise, red chili, and Brazil nuts offers as much exotic sunniness as one bowl can contain.’
    • ‘I like all kinds of nuts - walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds.’
    • ‘To serve, arrange the red fingerling bananas, blackberries, raspberries, dehydrated mangoes, and Brazil nuts on a large plate.’
    • ‘Almonds, Brazils and peanuts are good for helping to build or maintain muscle mass and help protect against glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure.’
    • ‘Tree nuts include walnuts, pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, pistachios, and more.’
    • ‘Almonds, walnuts, cashews and Brazils are widely used in many foods.’
    • ‘So, Hartvig recommends consuming immune system boosters such as grapefruit, curly kale, avocado, Brazil nuts, echinacea and shiitake mushroom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Try dried apricots and almonds, dried mangoes and Brazil nuts, and dried figs and walnuts.’
    • ‘Switch almonds with Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2[mass noun] Hard red timber from which dye may be obtained.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

Brazil

/brəˈzɪl/