Pronunciation: (bal-bō'u; Sp. bäl-bô'ä), [key]
1. Vas•co Nú•ñez de Pronunciation: (bäs'kô nOO'nyeth &thslash;e), [key] 1475?–1517, Spanish adventurer and explorer who discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513.
2. a seaport in Panama at the Pacific terminus of the Panama Canal. 2568.
3. (l.c.) a silver coin and monetary unit of Panama, equal to 100 centesimos.
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