Santa Catarina

Santa Catarina

[san-tuh kat-uh-ree-nuh; Portuguese sahn-tuh kah-tuh-ree-nuh]
noun
a state in S Brazil. 36,856 sq. mi. (95,455 sq. km). Capital: Florianópolis.
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Santa Catarina (Portuguese ˈsantə kətəˈrinə)
 
n
a state of S Brazil, on the Atlantic: consists chiefly of the Great Escarpment. Capital: Florianópolis. Pop: 5 527 707 (2002). Area: 95 985 sq km (37 060 sq miles)

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santa catarina

southern coastal estado (state) of Brazil, bounded to the north by the state of Parana, to the south by the state of Rio Grande do Sul, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west by Misiones province of Argentina. It is one of the smaller Brazilian states. The capital is Florianopolis, located on coastal Santa Catarina Island. The region was given various names by early Spanish and Portuguese cartographers; the name Santa Catarina is said to have been given in honour of St. Catherine of Alexandria by the Italian navigator Sebastian Cabot, when he was in the service of Spain.

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