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Rio Branco

[ree-oo brahn-koo]
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noun
  1. a city in W Brazil.
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Acre

[ah-kruh for 1; ah-ker, ey-ker for 2]
noun
  1. a state in W Brazil. 58,900 sq. mi. (152,550 sq. km). Capital: Rio Branco.
  2. a seaport in NW Israel: besieged and captured by Crusaders 1191.
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  • This had been several times proposed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Rio-Branco, p. 154).

    The Evolution of States

    J. M. Robertson


British Dictionary definitions for rio branco

acre

noun
  1. a unit of area used in certain English-speaking countries, equal to 4840 square yards or 4046.86 square metres
  2. (plural)
    1. land, esp a large area
    2. informala large amounthe has acres of space in his room
  3. farm the long acre NZ to graze cows on the verge of a road
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Word Origin

Old English æcer field, acre; related to Old Norse akr, German Acker, Latin ager field, Sanskrit ajra field

Acre

noun
  1. (ˈɑːkrə) a state of W Brazil: mostly unexplored tropical forests; acquired from Bolivia in 1903. Capital: Rio Branco. Pop: 586 942 (2002). Area: 152 589 sq km (58 899 sq miles)
  2. (ˈeɪkə, ˈɑːkə) a city and port in N Israel, strategically situated on the Bay of Acre in the E Mediterranean: taken and retaken during the Crusades (1104, 1187, 1191, 1291), taken by the Turks (1517), by Egypt (1832), and by the Turks again (1839). Pop: 45 600 (2001)Old Testament name: Accho (ɑːˈkəʊ) Arabic name: `Akka (ɑːˈkɑː) Hebrew name: `Akko (ɑːˈkəʊ)
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Rio Branco

noun
  1. a city in W Brazil, capital of Acre state. Pop: 261 000 (2005 est)
  2. a river in Brazil, flowing south to the Rio Negro. Length: 644 km (400 miles)
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Word Origin and History for rio branco

acre

n.

Old English æcer "tilled field, open land," from Proto-Germanic *akraz "field, pasture" (cf. Old Norse akr, Old Saxon akkar, Old Frisian ekker, Middle Dutch acker, Dutch akker, Old High German achar, German acker, Gothic akrs), from PIE *agro- "field" (cf. Latin ager "field, land," Greek agros, Sanskrit ajras "plain, open country").

Originally in English without reference to dimension; in late Old English the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in a day, afterward defined by statute as a piece 40 poles by 4, or an equivalent shape (5 Edw. I, 31 Edw. III, 24 Hen. VIII). Original sense retained in God's acre "churchyard."

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rio branco in Science

acre

kər]
  1. A unit of area in the US Customary System, used in land and sea floor measurement and equal to 43,560 square feet or 4,047 square meters.
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