Branco River

Rio Branco

[ree-oo brahn-koo]
noun
a city in W Brazil.
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Rio Branco (Portuguese ˈriu ˈbrəŋku)
 
n
1.  a city in W Brazil, capital of Acre state. Pop: 261 000 (2005 est)
2.  a river in Brazil, flowing south to the Rio Negro. Length: 644 km (400 miles)

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acre
O.E. æcer "tilled field, open land," from P.Gmc. *akraz "field, pasture" (cf. O.N. akr, O.Fris. ekkr, O.H.G. achar), from PIE *agros "field" (cf. L. ager "field, land," Gk. agros, Skt. ajras "plain, open country"). Originally in Eng. without reference to dimension; in late O.E. the amount of land
a yoke of oxen could plow in a day, afterward defined by statute to a piece 40 poles by 4, or an equivalent shape (5 Edw. I, 31 Edw. III, 24 Hen. VIII). Original sense retained in God's acre "churchyard." Related: Acreage (1859).
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acre   (ā'kər)  Pronunciation Key 
A unit of area in the US Customary System, used in land and sea floor measurement and equal to 43,560 square feet or 4,047 square meters.
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