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João Pessoa

[zhoo-oun pe-saw-uh] /ʒʊˈãʊ̃ pɛˈsɔ ə/
noun
1.
a seaport in NE Brazil.

Paraíba

[par-uh-ee-buh; Portuguese pah-rah-ee-bah] /ˌpær əˈi bə; Portuguese ˌpɑ rɑˈi bɑ/
noun
1.
a state in E Brazil. 21,760 sq. mi. (56,360 sq. km).
Capital: João Pessoa.
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Paraíba

/Portuguese paraˈiba/
noun
1.
a state of NE Brazil, on the Atlantic: consists of a coastal strip, with hills and plains inland; irrigated agriculture. Capital: João Pessoa. Pop: 3 494 893 (2002). Area: 56 371 sq km (21 765 sq miles)
2.
Also called Paraíba do Sul (ˈduː sul). a river in SE Brazil, flowing southwest and then northeast to the Atlantic near Campos. Length: 1060 km (660 miles)
3.
Also called Paraíba do Norte (ˈduː ˈnɔrtə). a river in NE Brazil, in Paraíba state, flowing northeast and east to the Atlantic. Length: 386 km (240 miles)
4.
the former name (until 1930) of João Pessoa

João Pessoa

/Portuguese ˈʒuəum peˈsoa/
noun
1.
a port in NE Brazil, capital of Paraíba state. Pop: 931 000 (2005 est)
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