brejo

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Vulgar Latin *bragius, from Ancient Greek βράγος (brágos, marsh, shallows), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerH- (to dig, bore); compare Albanian bërrakë.

Or, from Old Portuguese brejo, from Proto-Celtic *bracum (swamp), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreg- (to break).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

brejo m (plural brejos)

  1. marsh, swamp
    Synonyms: pântano, paul, breja
  2. (Northeast Brazil) a usually fertile terrain where rivers are more or less permanent
  3. (Brazil, Maranhão) a low region with springs
  4. (Brazil, Bahia) a rice plantation
  5. (figuratively) a chilly and windy place

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References[edit]

  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN