来自葡萄牙语brasil, 红木，原指巴西一种产红颜料的树。词源同burn, 燃烧，形容其木艳丽如燃烧的木炭。
- 1550s, from Spanish/Portuguese terra de brasil "red-dye-wood land," from Spanish brasil or Italian brasile, probably connected to French braize (see braize) for resemblance of color to a glowing ember (but Old Italian form verzino suggests a possible connection with Arabic wars "saffron"). Originally the name of a type of wood from an East Indian tree, used in making dye; the name later was transferred to a similar South American species. Brazil in reference to the wood is attested in English from late 14c. Complicating matters is Hy Brasil, a name applied by 1436 to one of the larger Azores Islands, later transferred to a legendary island or rock off the west coast of Ireland (sighted in 1791 at lat. 51Â° 10', long. 15Â° 58').
- 1. Brazil is putting forward a new debt repayment plan.
- 2. Brazil says its constitution forbids the private ownership of energy assets.
- 3. Mr Mendes was leading a campaign to save Brazil's rainforest from exploitation.
- 4. The constitution also confers large powers on Brazil's 25 constituent states.
- 5. The President is in Brazil for an official two-day visit.
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