Rio Grande[for 1, rē′ō grand′; -gran′dē, -grän′dā; for 2 & 3, Portrē′o̵̅o̅ grun′də]
- river flowing from S Colo. south through N.Mex., then southeast as the boundary between Texas and Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico: 1,885 mi (3,034 km)
- river in SE Brazil, in the states of Minas Gerais & São Paulo; headstream of the Paraná: c. 650 mi (1,046 km)
- seaport in SE Brazil, on the Atlantic: pop. 158,000
Origin of Rio GrandeSpanish literally , great river
Or in Mexico Río Bra·vo
A river, about 3,000 km (1,900 mi) long, rising in southwest Colorado and flowing generally south through central New Mexico to southwest Texas, where it turns southeast and forms the US-Mexico border for the rest of its course. It empties into the Gulf of Mexico near Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico.
A city of extreme southern Brazil at the southern entrance of the Lagoa dos Patos. It is a major processing and shipping center.