American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- The second-longest river in the world and the one with the greatest volume of water, flowing about 6,275 km (3,900 mi) from northern Peru across northern Brazil to a wide delta on the Atlantic Ocean. The first European to explore it was probably the Spanish navigator Vicente Yáñez Pinzón in 1500.
- n. a major South American river; arises in the Andes and flows eastward into the South Atlantic; the world's 2nd longest river (4000 miles)
“Far below, the sun was glinting on the Amazon River and to the west on snow-capped mountains.”
“On the other hand, a new Liner class ship was going to leave for the mouth of the Amazon River in two days, and that looked interesting!”
“Worldwide, smelters in rich countries where energy is becoming more expensive are being abandoned in favor of building new ones (plus the power plants needed to fuel them, usually dam projects) in farther-flung places like Mozambique, Chile, Iceland, and along the Amazon River in Brazil.87 Construction of the dams, roads, and other necessary infrastructure (plus the waste and emissions once the plants are up and running) seriously threatens lives—human, animal, and vegetable—and the climate.”
“A Jesuit missionary of the eighteenth century noted for his exploration of the Amazon River and its basin; b. at Trautenau,”
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