cerrado

[suh-rah-doh; Portuguese si-rah-doo]
noun, plural cerrados [suh-rah-dohz; Portuguese si-rah-doos] . Ecology.
a type of plains community characterized by vegetation ranging from tropical broadleaf woodlands to scrublands, occurring in extensive areas of Brazil.

Origin:
< 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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