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a city in and the capital of Brazil, on the central plateau.
a republic in South America. 3,286,170 sq. mi. (8,511,180 sq. km).
Capital: Brasília.
Contemporary Examples

Brazilian Doctor Suspected of Mass Murder Mac Margolis March 27, 2013
Escape from Bolivia Mac Margolis September 1, 2013
Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers Catalina Lobo-Guererro December 19, 2014

Historical Examples

A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

the capital of Brazil (since 1960), on the central plateau: the former capital was Rio de Janeiro. Pop: 3 341 000 (2005 est)
Also called brazil wood. the red wood obtained from various tropical leguminous trees of the genus Caesalpinia, such as C. echinata of America: used for cabinetwork
the red or purple dye extracted from any of these woods See also brazilin
short for brazil nut
a republic in South America, comprising about half the area and half the population of South America: colonized by the Portuguese from 1500 onwards; became independent in 1822 and a republic in 1889; consists chiefly of the tropical Amazon basin in the north, semiarid scrub in the northeast, and a vast central tableland; an important producer of coffee and minerals, esp iron ore. Official language: Portuguese. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: real. Capital: Brasília. Pop: 201 009 622 (2013 est). Area: 8 511 957 sq km (3 286 470 sq miles)
Brasilia [(bruh-zil-yuh)]

Note: One of the newest cities in the world, Brasilia was inaugurated in 1960 to replace Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s capital. The Brazilian government moved the capital in an effort to promote development in central Brazil. In less than thirty years, its population had grown to over a million inhabitants.

Note: The largest of the Latin-American countries, Brazil occupies almost half of South America.

Note: It is the world’s leading coffee exporter.

Note: The only country in South America whose history was dominated by Portugal; it is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world.


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