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[puh-loh-tuh s; Portuguese pi-law-tahs] /pəˈloʊ təs; Portuguese pɪˈlɔ tɑs/
a city in S Brazil.


[puh-loh-tuh; Spanish pe-law-tah] /pəˈloʊ tə; Spanish pɛˈlɔ tɑ/
noun, plural pelotas
[puh-loh-tuh z; Spanish pe-law-tahs] /pəˈloʊ təz; Spanish pɛˈlɔ tɑs/ (Show IPA)
a Basque and Spanish game from which jai alai was developed.
the game of jai alai.
the ball used in pelota and jai alai.
1890-95; < Spanish: ball < Middle French pelote; see pellet Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Pelotas


/Portuguese peˈlɔtas/
a port in S Brazil, in Rio Grande do Sul on the Canal de São Gonçalo. Pop: 323 000 (2005 est)


any of various games played in Spain, Spanish America, SW France, etc, by two players who use a basket strapped to their wrists or a wooden racket to propel a ball against a specially marked wall
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: ball, from Old French pelote; see pellet
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Encyclopedia Article for Pelotas

coastal city, southeastern Rio Grande do Sul estado (state), southern Brazil. It is located on the left bank of the Sao Goncalo Canal, the river that connects Mirim Lagoon with the Patos Lagoon. Founded in 1780 as Sao Francisco de Paula, it was raised to town status and renamed in 1830; it became a city in 1835. Located at 23 feet (7 metres) above sea level, it serves with the port of Rio Grande (25 miles [40 km] southeast) as a transfer point for ocean vessels that cannot cross the shallow Patos to Porto Alegre fully loaded. It is also the chief port for the cattle-ranching area of southern Rio Grande do Sul. Pelotas is Brazil's largest producer of xarque (jerked beef) and has meat-packing plants, flour and rice mills, tanneries, and other factories. It is the site of the Sul Riograndense, Rural do Sul, and Catolica de Pelotas universities (all established in 1960) and the Federal University of Pelotas (1883). It has an airport and a pair of modest football (soccer) stadiums. Pop. (2005 est.) 319,000.

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