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  1. a river in NW South America, flowing SE from S Colombia into the Amazon in NW Brazil. 900 miles (1450 km) long.
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Portuguese Iça.
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Examples from the Web for putumayo

Historical Examples of putumayo

  • All the rubber gathered in the Putumayo is shipped from Iquitos.

    The Putumayo, The Devil's Paradise

    Walter Hardenburg

  • That the exportation of rubber from the Putumayo is increasing.

  • The forest tracks in the Putumayo present innumerable obstacles.

  • The Putumayo is a school of the most refined and barbarous crimes!

  • The Putumayo is one of the most important affluents of the Amazon.

British Dictionary definitions for putumayo


  1. 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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