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[mah-ruh-nyoun] /ˌmɑ rəˈnyãʊ̃/
a state in NE Brazil. 125,312 sq. mi. (324,560 sq. km).
Capital: São Luiz. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They are dispersed in the Brazilian forests, and principally in the province of maranhao or Maragnan.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • Dacres thanked him for the information and inquired when the "maranhao" was likely to arrive at her destination—Pernambuco.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • The finest Brazil amotto grows in maranhao, which also produces the best cotton in America.

  • This was all the notice he received from his native province, maranhao.

    Brazilian Tales Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
British Dictionary definitions for maranhao


/Portuguese marəˈɲ̃ə̃u/
a state of NE Brazil, on the Atlantic: forested and humid in the northwest, with high plateaus in the east and south. Capital: São Luís. Pop: 5 803 224 (2002). Area: 328 666 sq km (128 179 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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