amazon river

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Amazon River definition


River in South America with headwaters in northern Peru. It flows across northern Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean.

Note: The world's second-longest river, after the Nile, it flows nearly four thousand miles and carries more water than any other river in the world.
Note: It was named after the Amazons, legendary female warriors.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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