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      n   a republic in W South America, on the Pacific: the centre of the great Inca Empire when conquered by the Spanish in 1532; gained independence in 1824 by defeating Spanish forces with armies led by San Martín and Bolívar; consists of a coastal desert, rising to the Andes; an important exporter of minerals and a major fishing nation. Official languages: Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Official religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: nuevo sol. Capital: Lima. Pop.: 24801000 (1998 est.). Area: 1285215 sq. km (496222 sq. miles)  
  Peruvian      adj, n  

balsam of Peru  
      n   an aromatic balsam that is obtained from the tropical South American leguminous tree Myroxylon pereirae and is similar to balsam of Tolu,   (Also called)    Peru balsam  
      n   pl   , marvels-of-Peru   another name for four-o'clock (the plant)  
     (C16: first found in Peru)  
Peru Current  
      n      another name for the       Humboldt Current  
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