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lingua geral

[zhuh-rahl] /ʒəˈrɑl/
noun, (often initial capital letters)
1.
a lingua franca based on Tupi and spoken in the Amazon basin of South America.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < Portuguese: general language
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lingua franca developed in Brazil under Portuguese influence in the 16th and 17th centuries as a medium of communication between Europeans and Indians and between Indians of different languages. Lingua-geral was a modification of the Tupinamba Indian language.

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