- Spanish Pe·rú [pe-roo] /pɛˈru/. a republic in W South America. 496,222 sq. mi. (1,285,215 sq. km). Capital: Lima.
- a city in N central Indiana.
- a city in N Illinois.
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Examples from the Web for peru
She completed a yoga teacher-training program and, in the spring of 2008, went on a retreat in Peru to study with shamans.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
I flew to Peru to hear her give a keynote speech at an international conference.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
She worked with wildlife as a volunteer in Peru and the Galapagos; she worked with elephants in Thailand, at a zoo in Australia.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth
October 30, 2014
Then, in 1976, Peru deported Schwend to West Germany, where he landed in jail once again when he could not pay a $21 hotel bill.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
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September 20, 2014
Voting with the United States and Europe were Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, Peru, and South Korea.At the United Nations, It’s Human Rights, Putin-Style
June 26, 2014
Zegarra, as a native of Peru whose language was Quichua, had great advantages.Apu Ollantay
Peru, like Mexico, rapidly became a center of Spanish settlement.
Both were looking for rich Indian kingdoms like Mexico and Peru.
Peru has read your words, Mr. Root, with profound attention.
I find that here in Peru you are building upon that firm rock.
- a republic in W South America, on the Pacific: the centre of the great Inca Empire when conquered by the Spanish in 1532; gained independence in 1824 by defeating Spanish forces with armies led by San Martín and Bolívar; consists of a coastal desert, rising to the Andes; an important exporter of minerals and a major fishing nation. Official languages: Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Official religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: nuevo sol. Capital: Lima. Pop: 29 849 303 (2013 est). Area: 1 285 215 sq km (496 222 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for peru
from Spanish Peru, said to be from Quechua pelu "river." Related: Peruvian.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Achieved independence from Spain in 1821.
Peru was the heart of the Inca Empire, which flourished from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. The remains of the empire include the fabled stone fortress of Machu Picchu.
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