Pernambuco

See also: pernambuco

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Portuguese Pernambuco.

 
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the Brazil state of Pernambuco

Proper nounEdit

Pernambuco

  1. A state of the Northeast Region, Brazil. Capital: Recife

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

Pernambuco (uncountable)

  1. A hard, reddish wood of a tree of the tribe Caesalpinieae, often used as dyewood; especially Paubrasilia echinata, used to make violin bows.
    • 1998, Strad, July:
      When I annealed the bows over heat, the smell was quite different from the Pernambuco wood we are used to.
    • 2002, Victoria Finlay, Colour, Sceptre 2003, p. 198:
      [P]ernambucco – the finest brasil from Brazil, so strong it almost resembles iron – became the favoured material for good bows.

GalicianEdit

Proper nounEdit

Pernambuco m

  1. A state of the Northeast Region, Brazil. Capital: Recife
  2. Timbuktu, a distant or remote place

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Uncertain. Different origins are proposed, including:

  • Old Tupi paranãbuku ("long river") or para’nã ("river") + buka ("hole").
  • Pernão Boca or Pernambuka, approximations of how natives referred to "Boca de Fernão", an old name for the Santa Cruz channel.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˌpeʁ.nɐ̃.ˈbu.ku/
  • (Nordestino) IPA(key): /ˌpɛʁ.nɐ̃.ˈbu.ku/
  • (file)

Proper nounEdit

Pernambuco m

  1. A state of the Northeast Region, Brazil. Capital: Recife.
    Synonym: PE (abbreviation)

Related termsEdit