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[Spanish poo-roos; Portuguese poo-roos]
  1. a river in NW central South America, flowing NE from E Peru through W Brazil to the Amazon. 2000 miles (3200 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for purus

Historical Examples

  • And all from following his own thought that had made him a purus putus Atheist.

    Essays in Rationalism

    Charles Robert Newman

  • Referring to the old phrase, purus mathematicus, purus asinus.

    The Reform of Education

    Giovanni Gentile

  • The Purus communicates with the Madeira, proving the absence of rapids and of intervening mountains.

  • The Indians on the Purus live generally on the communal principle, and are unwarlike and indolent.

  • Four days later, on the 14th of August, the jangada passed the mouths of the Purus.

British Dictionary definitions for purus


  1. a river in NW central South America, rising in SE Peru and flowing northeast to the Amazon. Length: about 3200 km (2000 miles)
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