from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of eastern South America. The largest country in the continent, it was ruled by Portugal from 1500 to 1822, when it became a separate empire ruled by Pedro I, son of King John VI of Portugal. A republic was established in 1889. Brasília has been the capital since 1960; São Paulo is the largest city. Population: 190,000,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A large Portuguese-speaking country in South America. Capital: Brasilia. Official name: Federative Republic of Brazil (República Federativa do Brasil).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heavy dyewood of the genus Cæsalpinia (C. Sappan), imported from the East, now known as sappanwood (which see).
- n. A very heavy dywood, from Brazil and other parts of tropical America.
- n. Sulphate of iron.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the largest Latin American country and the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world; located in the central and northeastern part of South America; world's leading coffee exporter
- n. three-sided tropical American nut with white oily meat and hard brown shell
Origin disputed. Either from Irish Hy-Brazil (blessed land) or Portuguese brasil (red like an ember). (Wiktionary)