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country named for river that flows past it, which is from a native name in an extinct language, said to represent uru "bird" + guay "tail," perhaps a reference to some totemic animal.
Capital of Uruguay and largest city in the country, located on Uruguay's southern coast.
Note: One of the busiest ports in South America, Montevideo is a cosmopolitan city characterized by broad boulevards, parks, and stately buildings.
Note: Uruguay was under a repressive and violent military government from 1973 to 1985.
Note: It is a major producer of beef, leather, and wool.