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the former capital and 2nd largest city of Brazil; chief Brazilian port; famous as a tourist attraction


Familiarity information: RIO used as a noun is very rare.

Dictionary entry details

• RIO (noun)



The former capital and 2nd largest city of Brazil; chief Brazilian port; famous as a tourist attraction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position


Rio; Rio de Janeiro

Instance hypernyms:

city; metropolis; urban center (a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts)

Meronyms (members of "Rio"):

Carioca (a native or inhabitant of Rio de Janeiro)

Holonyms ("Rio" is a part of...):

Brasil; Brazil; Federative Republic of Brazil (the largest Latin American country and the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world; located in the central and northeastern part of South America; world"s leading coffee exporter)

Context examples

The sky was grey in several cities west and south of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state.

(Australian bushfire smoke drifts to South America, SciDev.Net)

Her return to Rio is slated for April 2018.

(Brazil ship off to Antarctica for research support, Agência Brasil)

Rio de Janeiro is the second part of the world to confirm this type of transmission.

(Human malaria spread from monkeys found in Brazil, SciDev.Net)

Also under research is the use of microalgae in the production of aviation biokerosene (BioQAV) in partnership with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

(Petrobras considers producing biodiesel from microalgae, Agência Brasil)

The team’s genomic analysis of populations of plants that make up the wild peanut species pointed to a region in northern Argentina known as Rio Seco.

(Peanut Genome Sequenced with Unprecedent Accuracy, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Rio de Janeiro State Health Surveillance Under-Secretary Alexandre Chieppe pointed out his state is not experiencing an outbreak, although the authorities remain on the watch.

(Aedes mosquitoes almost impossible to eradicate, says Brazilian researcher, Agência Brasil)

Brazil"s National Museum, in Rio de Janeiro, unveiled the details surrounding the discovery of hundreds of remains of pterosaur bones and 300 eggs—some of them with preserved embryos—in China.

(Brazil and China scientists unearth pterosaur eggs with preserved embryos, Agência Brasil)

A study by scientists at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) found that the Zika virus, in addition to replicating in the brain of adults, also damages the memory and the motor system.

(Zika virus found to harm adults’ memory and motor system, Agência Brasil/EBC)

This discovery is the result of a collaboration by the Ministry for Science, Technology, and Innovation"s Centre for Mineral Technology (CETEM); the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa); the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ); and Geological Survey housed under the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

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(New Brazilian fertilizer can boost productivity, Agência BRASIL)

Some of the most vulnerable cities include Rio de Janeiro, Santos (São Paulo), Fortaleza (Ceará), Recife (Pernambuco), Salvador (Bahia) and, in Brazil"s South region, the Vale do Itajaí region of Santa Catarina, which in addition to the rising sea level, is at risk of becoming a hurricane route.

(Brazil's coastal cities more vulnerable to climate change, Agência Brasil)

"Fine words butter no parsnips." (English proverb)"Those who lost dreaming are lost." (Aboriginal Australian proverbs)"Plant each day and you will eat." (Arabic proverb)"He who protects himself from cold also wards off heat." (Corsican proverb)