Definition of Pernambuco in English:

Pernambuco

proper noun

  • 1A state of eastern Brazil, on the Atlantic coast; capital, Recife.

    1. 1.1
      former name for Recife

Pronunciation

Pernambuco

/ˌpəːnamˈbuːkuː/

Definition of pernambuco in English:

pernambuco

(also pernambuco wood)

noun

  • [mass noun] The hard reddish timber of a Brazilian tree, used for making violin bows and as a source of red dye.

    • ‘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.

Pronunciation

pernambuco

/ˌpəːnamˈbuːkəʊ/