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[pur-nuh m-byoo-koh, -boo-; Portuguese per-nahm-boo-koo] /ˌpɜr nəmˈbyu koʊ, -ˈbu-; Portuguese ˌpɛr nɑmˈbu kʊ/
a state in NE Brazil. 38,000 sq. mi. (98,420 sq. km).
Capital: Recife.
former name of Recife. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His plan was to make for Pernambuco, and cross to the Pacific coast by the new trans-continental railway.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • Then they steamed up the coast to Pernambuco, and on to the West Indies.

  • Swung in a basket from the deck of the liner, I boarded a tug and went ashore at Pernambuco.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
  • Pernambuco was as usual foremost in feeling, and in the expression of feeling.

  • He found that he might have to wait many months in Pernambuco before receiving his share of the vessel's value.

    A Desperate Voyage Edward Frederick Knight
  • The astronomer is M. Lias: the phenomenon was seen by him, at Pernambuco, April 11, 1860.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • I'll figure out when the Narcissus is due at Pernambuco and cable Mike to let his crew go.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • On a remarkable bar of Sandstone off Pernambuco, on the coast of Brazil.

    Life of Charles Darwin G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
  • On the 14th day after leaving Pernambuco, the brig cast anchor off the island of Cayenne.

  • The little fleet touched at Pernambuco and remained there for three months.

    Argentina W. A. Hirst
British Dictionary definitions for Pernambuco


/ˌpɜːnəmˈbjuːkəʊ; Portuguese pernəmˈbuku/
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)
the former name of Recife
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