Bo·​to·​cu·​do | \ ˌbōtəˈkü(ˌ)dō \
plural Botocudo or Botocudos

Definition of Botocudo

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

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History and Etymology for Botocudo

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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