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Etymology 1

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From Portuguese Brasil, from brasil (brazilwood), originally ‘red like an ember’, from brasa (ember), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *brasō (gleed, crackling coal), and -il (-ile, -like, -y) from Latin -īlis (adjective suffix). Alternatively, this is a folk etymology for a word for the plant related to Arabic ورس.

A discredited alternative etymology relates it to the mythical Celtic island of Brasil (or "Hy-Brasil"), possibly from Irish Uí Breasail, meaning "clan of Bresail".

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Brazil

  1. A large Portuguese-speaking country in South America. Official name: Federative Republic of Brazil. Capital: Brasília.
  2. A city, the county seat of Clay County, Indiana, United States.
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Etymology 2

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Reduced Anglicized form of Irish Ó Breasail (descendant of Breasal), a byname meaning "strife".

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Brazil (plural Brazils)

  1. A surname from Irish.
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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Brazil is the 6373rd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 5343 individuals. Brazil is most common among White (70.19%) and Black/African American (20.4%) individuals.

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Albanian

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Brazil m (definite Brazili)

  1. Brazil (A large Portuguese-speaking country in South America)

Breton

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Brazil

  1. Brazil (A large Portuguese-speaking country in South America)

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Brazil m

  1. Pre-reform spelling (until Brazil 1943/Portugal 1911) of Brasil.

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Bràzīl m (Cyrillic spelling Бра̀зӣл)

  1. Brazil (A large Portuguese-speaking country in South America)