One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A river of South America, which rises in south-eastern Brazil and flows some 3,300 km (2,060 miles) southwards to the River Plate estuary in Argentina. For part of its length it forms the south-eastern border of Paraguay.
2A river port in eastern Argentina, on the Paraná River; population 249,500 (est. 2005).
3A state of southern Brazil, on the Atlantic coast; capital, Curitiba.
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