Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of northwest Brazil on the Río Negro near its junction with the Amazon River. Founded in the 1660s, Manaus was a prosperous center of the wild-rubber trade in the late 19th century and today is the chief commercial hub of the upper Amazon basin. Population: 1,630,000.

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  • proper n. State capital of Amazonas (Brazil).

Etymologies

After the Manáo, a native Amazon tribe. Manáo is said to mean Mother of the gods. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Rafael Cruz, a Greenpeace activist in Manaus who has been monitoring the drought, said that while the rise and fall of the Amazon's rivers was a normal process, recent years had seen both extreme droughts and flooding become worryingly frequent.

    Drought brings Amazon tributary to lowest level in a century

  • Visitors need prior authorization from the Park Director at IBAMA headquarters in Manaus.

    Jaú National Park, Brazil

  • ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: We are in the city of Manaus, which is really in the heart of the Amazon.

    CNN Transcript Feb 16, 2007

  • Barra, on the northeast bank of the Rio Negro not far from its junction with the Amazon, is now a big ragged city called Manaus.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Duluth, Ga.-based NCR NYSE: NCR said Brazil-based Scopus also will gain a 49 percent equity stake in NCR Manaus, which is NCR's Brazilian manufacturing and engineering unit.

  • In an area known as the Manaus Free Zone, just north of the Amazonian city of Manaus, the government required that 50 percent of the forest on a developed area must be saved.

    Mongabay.com News

  • But you go 300 miles east of Fordlandia, and there's this city of Manaus, which is the fastest-growing city in Brazil.

    Democracy Now!

  • Toward the end, as the Legacy approached the limits of Brasília’s airspace, the assistant called Manaus and advised a controller there that the airplane was coming at him at 36,000 feet.

    William Langewiesche on the Amazon air crash

  • This provision let’s call it the fifty percent provision related to tax structure and land rights in the Amazon region, including that area known as the Manaus Free Zone, which encompassed a handful of ranches such as Fazenda Esteio.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Even before the film was officially released, millions of people, from the southern metropolises of Rio and São Paulo to relatively isolated Amazon cities such as Manaus and Belém, scrambled for pirate copies, triggering a national debate about urban violence and drug use that dominated the front pages for months.

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