One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The largest country in South America, in the east-central part of the continent, on the Atlantic Ocean; population 207,900,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Brasilia; official language, Portuguese.Portuguese name Brasil
1A large three-sided nut with an edible kernel, several of which grow inside a large woody capsule. Brazil nuts grow on a South American forest tree, and most are harvested in the wild.
- ‘Almonds, Brazils and peanuts are good for helping to build or maintain muscle mass and help protect against glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure.’
- ‘Particularly good sources of selenium include cereals and other grains, Brazil nuts, seafood, poultry, mushrooms and asparagus.’
- ‘To serve, arrange the red fingerling bananas, blackberries, raspberries, dehydrated mangoes, and Brazil nuts on a large plate.’
- ‘I like all kinds of nuts - walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Almonds, walnuts, cashews and Brazils are widely used in many foods.’
- ‘Tree nuts include walnuts, pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, pistachios, and more.’
- ‘Switch almonds with Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Many natural- and gourmet-food markets also carry almond, macadamia, Brazil nut, pistachio, cashew, pumpkin seed, hazelnut and sunflower seed butters.’
- ‘Nut and raisin mixes (homemade with unsalted cashews, hazelnuts, Brazils, pecans and a few chocolate chips to make it more exciting) are filling snacks.’
- ‘Some foods to consider include almonds, avocados, blackstrap molasses, Brazil nuts, dried figs, flounder, peanuts and wheat germ.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Try dried apricots and almonds, dried mangoes and Brazil nuts, and dried figs and walnuts.’
- ‘So, Hartvig recommends consuming immune system boosters such as grapefruit, curly kale, avocado, Brazil nuts, echinacea and shiitake mushroom.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I take no offense at spending money for walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts and the like, but the pecans tick me off.’
2A hard red wood obtained from a tropical tree and from which dyes 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.’
Middle English (in Brazil (sense 2)): from medieval Latin brasilium. The South American country Brazil (see Brazil) takes its name from the wood.
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