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[koo r-uh-sou, -soh, kyoo r-; koo r-uh-sou, -soh, kyoo r-] /ˈkʊər əˌsaʊ, -ˌsoʊ, ˈkyʊər-; ˌkʊər əˈsaʊ, -ˈsoʊ, ˌkyʊər-/
the main island of the Netherlands Antilles, off the NW coast of Venezuela. 173 sq. mi. (448 sq. km).
Capital: Willemstad.
(lowercase). Also, curaçao
[kyoo r-uh-soh, -soh-uh] /ˌkyʊər əˈsoʊ, -ˈsoʊ ə/ (Show IPA)
. a cordial or liqueur flavored with the peel of the sour orange. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Well, Isaac had a brother, Ezekiel by name, who carried on business in curacao; you may have heard of him too.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • Lashings of stuff we put up: port wine and sherry and curacao to which we did ample justice.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • He started on curacao, which I reckoned was a new drink to him, and presently his tongue ran freely.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • I leavish every ting to you, Isaac, on von condition, dat you send my pody to be bury in curacao.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • And so it comes to this: We desire to make for the Dutch settlement of curacao as straightly as possible.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Will you have the effrontery to tell me that is the coast of curacao?

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • He had not conceived that curacao was of such considerable dimensions.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for curacao


an island in the Caribbean, the largest in the Netherlands Antilles. Capital: Willemstad. Pop: 146 836 (2013 est). Area: 444 sq km (171 sq miles)
an orange-flavoured liqueur originally made there
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for curacao


West Indian island, Curaçao, discovered 1499 by Alonso de Hojeda, who called it Isla de los Gigantes in reference to the stature of the natives. The modern name probably is a Europeanized version of some lost native word. The liqueur is made from the dried peel of the Curaçao orange.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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