a river in NW South America, flowing SE from S Colombia into the Amazon in NW Brazil. 900 miles (1,450 km) long.
- Portuguese Iça.
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How to use Putumayo in a sentence
The Putumayo is the only remaining Amazon tributary with no existing or proposed dams, the researchers noted in the paper.
A team of Peruvian herpetologists has recently identified another group of frogs elsewhere in the Putumayo basin that may turn out to be the same species, he says.
But even cancer and the Putumayo are not a denial of what Stevenson called "the ultimate decency of things."The Book of This and That | Robert Lynd
As for the Putumayo region, it was practically unknown until the last decade of the nineteenth century.
The first result of the publication of the Putumayo atrocities in the London Press was denial.
The first contingent of these men, imported by Arana Brothers, reached the Putumayo at the end of 1904.
A small traffic with the rubber-collectors of the Upper Putumayo and the neighbouring Indians is, however, still carried on.
British Dictionary definitions for Putumayo
a river in NW South America, rising in S Colombia and flowing southeast as most of the border between Colombia and Peru, entering the Amazon in Brazil: scene of the Putumayo rubber scandal (1910–11) during the rubber boom, in which many Indians were enslaved and killed by rubber exploiters. Length: 1578 km (980 miles): Brazilian name: Içá
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