Definitions

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  • proper noun A city in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Etymologies

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From Portuguese Ouro Preto - "black gold".

Examples

  • While tourists descend in droves on Brazil's major cities for the festival, there are smaller towns with their own versions of the pre-Lent blowout; indeed, many residents of Salvador, Sao Paolo and Rio retreat to lesser-known centres such as Ouro Preto or Diamantina, beautiful former mining communities a few hundred miles south-west of Salvador.

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  • The state of Minas Gerais is rooted in mining—its name translates prosaically as "General Mines"—and the gold and gems found there, including aquamarines and imperial topaz, built charming colonial towns like Ouro Preto, with its terra-cotta roofs and wedding-cake churches.

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  • I was with a group visiting the worldwide headquarters of H Stern, the flagship jewelry store of hundreds around the world, admiring the twinkling colored gems, mined from nearby Ouro Preto, the colonial town I had just visited.

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  • The Campos Rupestres montane savannas are part of the Espinhaço Range (Cadeia do Espinhaço), an ancient plateau formed by Precambrian crystalline rocks that extend from the North Bahia (near the right bank of the São Francisco River) southward to Serra do Ouro Branco, near the historical city of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais.

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  • It was founded in 1991 by the Treaty of Asuncion and amended by the Treaty of Ouro Preto in 1994.

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  • We left Ouro Preto at 9.40 on Saturday morning, and rode along a neither very good nor very bad road, with fine mountain scenery, and the wind rather too cool.

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  • A young Portuguese engineer who has been educated in France arrived at the ranch in the evening en route for Ouro Preto.

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  • The image of St. Anthony of Ouro Preto attained the rank and pay of captain in 1799.

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  • Hughes attributed the change in conditions at the Parque Estadual de Itacolomi, which is near the World Heritage Site Ouro Preto, to global warming.

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  • Hughes attributed the change in conditions at the Parque Estadual de Itacolomi, which is near the World Heritage Site Ouro Preto, to global warming.

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