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cerrado

[ suh-rah-doh; Portuguese si-rah-doo ]
/ səˈrɑ doʊ; Portuguese sɪˈrɑ dʊ /
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noun, plural cer·ra·dos [suh-rah-dohz; Portuguese si-rah-doos]. /səˈrɑ doʊz; Portuguese sɪˈrɑ dʊs/. Ecology.

a type of plains community characterized by vegetation ranging from tropical broadleaf woodlands to scrublands, occurring in extensive areas of Brazil.

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Origin of cerrado

<Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese: noun use of cerrado thick, dense, literally, shut, past participle of cerrar to close <Vulgar Latin *serrāre; c in Portuguese, Spanish perhaps by association with cercar to enclose, surround
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How to use cerrado in a sentence

  • Hoy no soy escritor; soy mero amanuense: no os pido, pues, admiracin ni indulgencia, sino que me creis a puo cerrado.

    Novelas Cortas|Pedro Antonio de Alarcn
  • La noche haba cerrado casi por complete cuando don Dions llegaba las puertas de su castillo.

    Legends, Tales and Poems|Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  • Dios ha cerrado sus odos cuantas plegarias se le dirijan en su presencia.

    Legends, Tales and Poems|Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  • But the ruler Cerrado condemned (the Castilians), for he did what was right.

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