Botocudo

noun

Bo·​to·​cu·​do
ˌbōtəˈkü(ˌ)dō
plural Botocudo or Botocudos
1
: a South American labret-wearing people (such as the Tupian Indians of eastern Brazil)
2
: a member of a Botocudo people
3
: the language of the Botocudo people

Word History

Etymology

Portuguese, from botoque wooden plug, alteration of batoque plug, bunghole, probably from Middle French bartoc plug, bung; from the large cylindrical wooden plugs they wear in their ear lobes and lower lips

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“Botocudo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Botocudo. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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