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cerrado

[suh-rah-doh; Portuguese si-rah-doo] /səˈrɑ doʊ; Portuguese sɪˈrɑ dʊ/
noun, plural cerrados
[suh-rah-dohz; Portuguese si-rah-doo s] /səˈrɑ doʊz; Portuguese sɪˈrɑ dʊs/ (Show IPA).
Ecology
1.
a type of plains community characterized by vegetation ranging from tropical broadleaf woodlands to scrublands, occurring in extensive areas of Brazil.
Origin of cerrado
Brazilian Portuguese
< Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese: noun use of cerrado thick, dense, literally, shut, past participle of cerrar to close < Vulgar Latin *serrāre; c in Portuguese, Spanish perhaps by association with cercar to enclose, surround
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