[pur-nuhm-byoo-koh, -boo-; Portuguese per-nahm-boo-koo]
a state in NE Brazil. 38,000 sq. mi. (98,420 sq. km). Capital: Recife.
former name of Recife. Unabridged
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Pernambuco (ˌpɜːnəmˈbjuːkəʊ, Portuguese pernəmˈbuku)
1.  a state of NE Brazil, on the Atlantic: consists of a humid coastal plain rising to a high inland plateau. Capital: Recife. Pop: 8 084 667 (2002). Area: 98 280 sq km (37 946 sq miles)
2.  the former name of Recife

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estado (state) of northeastern Brazil, situated near the eastern tip of the South American coastline's bulge into the Atlantic Ocean. It is bounded on the east by the Atlantic, on the south by the states of Alagoas and Bahia, on the west by Piaui, and on the north by Ceara and Paraiba. The state capital is Recife.

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