One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Brazil) an arid region of scrub.
- ‘The humid Zona da Mala covers 11% of the area, whereas the transitional Agreste occupies 19% of the state and the dry sertão covers 70% of the state land.’
- ‘However, the sertão is distinctive in its low rainfall compared to other areas of Brazil.’
Early 19th century: Portuguese.
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