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Mato Grosso

Mato Grosso State in w central Brazil, bordered s by Mato Grosso do Sul, and w and sw by Bolivia; the capital is Cuiabà. First settled in the early 18th century by miners seeking gold and diamonds, it became a state in 1889. Much of the area lies on the central plateau of Brazil, but there is rainforest in the n and marshland in the sw. The w has good grazing land and cattle rearing is the chief occupation. Rice, maize, and sugar-cane are grown. There are extensive mineral deposits but most of them remain unexploited. Area: 881,000sq km (340,156sq mi). Pop. (2000) 2,498,150.

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Mato Grosso

Mato Grosso (mä´tŏŏ grô´sŏŏ) [Port.,=thick forest], state (1996 pop. 2,227,983), 348,038 sq mi (901,420 sq km), central and W Brazil. The capital is Cuiabá.

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Mato Grosso

Mato Grossobasso, El Paso, Picasso, Sargasso, Tasso •fatso, paparazzo, terrazzo •Brasso •espresso, gesso •intermezzo, mezzo •scherzo •peso, say-so •calypso, dipso •schizo • Mato Grosso • torso • also •amoroso, capriccioso, oloroso, so-so •Caruso, Robinson Crusoe, Rousseau, trousseau •so-and-so •Curaçao, curassow •Thurso, verso

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