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lingua geral

[zhuh-rahl] /ʒəˈrɑl/
noun, (often initial capital letters)
1.
a lingua franca based on Tupi and spoken in the Amazon basin of South America.
Origin of lingua geral
1855-1860
1855-60; < Portuguese: general language
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  • Don José, turning to the natives, addressed them in the lingua geral, which they all probably understood.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston

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