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Funchal

[Portuguese foo n-shahl] /Portuguese fʊ̃ˈʃɑl/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of the Madeira islands, on SE Madeira: winter resort.

Madeira

[muh-deer-uh, -dair-uh; for 1, 2, 5 also Portuguese mah-de-ruh] /məˈdɪər ə, -ˈdɛər ə; for 1, 2, 5 also Portuguese mɑˈdɛ rə/
noun
1.
a group of eight islands off the NW coast of Africa, part of Portugal. 308 sq. mi. (798 sq. km).
Capital: Funchal.
2.
the chief island of this group. 286 sq. mi. (741 sq. km).
3.
(often lowercase) a rich, strong white or amber wine, resembling sherry, made there.
4.
(often lowercase) a similar wine made elsewhere.
5.
a river in W Brazil flowing NE to the Amazon: chief tributary of the Amazon. 2100 miles (3380 km) long.
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  • Had he not scuttled a Spanish carack four years ago in the bay of Funchal?

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • We sailed on, and dropped our anchor opposite to the city of Funchal.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Funchal has been a thousand times described, and is well worthy of it.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • But there is nothing to do in Funchal save eat and swim or ride.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • Figuero is here, and we leave on the yacht for Funchal to–night.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • "That is the social heart and center of Funchal," I told him, quite truly.

  • Its picturesque population and the old city of Funchal are charming.

    The Complete Club Book for Women Caroline French Benton
  • Is your life here a faithful transcript of that portion of it passed at Funchal?

    Vashti Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • Mr. Eyre has been the Funchal correspondent of his house for some years.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
British Dictionary definitions for Funchal

Funchal

/Portuguese f[~u]ˈʃal/
noun
1.
the capital and chief port of the Madeira Islands, on the S coast of Madeira. Pop: 103 962 (2001)

Madeira

/məˈdɪərə; Portuguese məˈðəirə/
noun
1.
a group of volcanic islands in the N Atlantic, west of Morocco: since 1976 an autonomous region of Portugal; consists of the chief island, Madeira, Porto Santo, and the uninhabited Deserta and Selvagen Islands. Capital: Funchal. Pop: 245 012 (2001). Area: 797 sq km (311 sq miles)
2.
a river in W Brazil, flowing northeast to the Amazon below Manaus. Length: 3241 km (2013 miles)
3.
a rich strong fortified white wine made on Madeira
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Word Origin and History for Funchal

Madeira

n.

white wine, 1540s, from island of Madeira in the Atlantic, from Portuguese madeira "wood," because the island formerly was thickly wooded, from Latin materia "wood, matter" (see matter).

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