Funchal

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Madeira

[muh-deer-uh, -dair-uh; for 1, 2, 5 also Portuguese mah-de-ruh]
noun
1.
a group of eight islands off the NW coast of Africa, part of Portugal. 308 sq. mi. (798 sq. km). Capital: Funchal.
2.
the chief island of this group. 286 sq. mi. (741 sq. km).
3.
(often lowercase) a rich, strong white or amber wine, resembling sherry, made there.
4.
(often lowercase) a similar wine made elsewhere.
5.
a river in W Brazil flowing NE to the Amazon: chief tributary of the Amazon. 2100 miles (3380 km) long.
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Funchal (Portuguese f[~u]ˈʃal)
 
n
the capital and chief port of the Madeira Islands, on the S coast of Madeira. Pop: 103 962 (2001)

Madeira (məˈdɪərə, Portuguese məˈðəirə)
 
n
1.  a group of volcanic islands in the N Atlantic, west of Morocco: since 1976 an autonomous region of Portugal; consists of the chief island, Madeira, Porto Santo, and the uninhabited Deserta and Selvagen Islands. Capital: Funchal. Pop: 245 012 (2001). Area: 797 sq km (311 sq miles)
2.  a river in W Brazil, flowing northeast to the Amazon below Manaus. Length: 3241 km (2013 miles)
3.  a rich strong fortified white wine made on Madeira

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Madeira
1548, from island of Madeira in the Atlantic, from Port. madeira "wood," because the island was formerly thickly wooded, from L. materia "wood, matter" (see matter).
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