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 (păr′ə-ē′bə, pä′rä-ē′bä) also Paraíba do Sul (do͝o so͞ol′)
A river, about 1,045 km (650 mi) long, of southeast Brazil emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Campos.
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(Portuguese paraˈiba)
1. (Placename) a state of NE Brazil, on the Atlantic: consists of a coastal strip, with hills and plains inland; irrigated agriculture. Capital: João Pessoa. Pop: 3 494 893 (2002). Area: 56 371 sq km (21 765 sq miles)
2. (Placename) Also called: Paraíba do Sul a river in SE Brazil, flowing southwest and then northeast to the Atlantic near Campos. Length: 1060 km (660 miles)
3. (Placename) Also called: Paraíba do Norte a river in NE Brazil, in Paraíba state, flowing northeast and east to the Atlantic. Length: 386 km (240 miles)
4. (Placename) the former name (until 1930) of João Pessoa
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(ˌpær əˈi bə)

a state in NE Brazil. 3,305,562; 21,760 sq. mi. (56,360 sq. km). Cap.: João Pessoa.
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