from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of western South America on the Pacific Ocean. Inhabited since at least the 9th millennium B.C., it was the center of an Incan empire established after the 12th century A.D. The Spanish under Pizarro conquered the empire in 1533 and set up in 1542 the viceroyalty of Peru, which at one time included Panama and all of Spanish South America except Venezuela. Peru achieved full independence from Spain in 1824. Lima is the capital and the largest city. Population: 28,700,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A country in South America. Official name: Republic of Peru.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a republic in western South America; achieved independence from Spain in 1821; was the heart of the Inca empire from the 12th to 16th centuries
Sorry, no etymologies found.