Quick answer
"Copper" is a noun which is often translated as "el cobre", and "silver" is a noun which is often translated as "la plata". Learn more about the difference between "copper" and "silver" below.
copper(
ka
-
puhr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (metal)
a. el cobre
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Ancient Egyptians used copper to sterilize wounds.Los antiguos egipcios usaban el cobre para esterilizar las heridas.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(coin) (United Kingdom)
a. el penique
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Larry just had enough coppers for a cup of tea.Larry tenía justo los peniques necesarios para una taza de té.
b. la perra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Tom searched the drawers for change and found a few coppers.Tom buscó en los cajones a ver si había monedas y encontró unas perras.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(police officer) (United Kingdom)
a. el poli
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la poli
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(colloquial)
The coppers nicked Mickey for robbing the chemist's.Los polis agarraron a Mickey por robar la farmacia.
b. el policía
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la policía
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They legged it when they saw a copper across the road.Cuando vieron al policía al otro lado de la calle, se escaparon a correr.
4.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(large boiler) (United Kingdom)
a. la caldera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The sweet shop prepares its fudge in coppers.La dulcería prepara sus dulces en calderas.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (made of copper)
a. de cobre
Juan served everyone Moscow Mules in copper mugs.Juan les sirvió a todos Mulas de Moscú en tazas de cobre.
6. (color)
a. cobrizo
My girlfriend is a beautiful woman with copper hair, green eyes, and ruby red lips.Mi novia es una mujer hermosa con pelo cobrizo, ojos verdes y labios de rojo rubí.
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silver(
sihl
-
vuhr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (metal)
a. la plata
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Gold is more valuable than silver.El oro es más valioso que la plata.
2. (silverware)
a. la platería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We should polish the silver before tomorrow's important dinner.Deberíamos pulir la platería antes de la cena importante de mañana.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (made of silver)
a. de plata
My sister gave me a silver pen as a graduation gift.Mi hermana me dio una pluma de plata como regalo de graduación.
4. (silver-colored)
a. plateado
I bought a silver case for my cell phone.Compré una funda plateada para mi móvil.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to bathe in silver)
a. platear
The bust is set on a silvered base.El busto está encima de una base plateada.
6. (to back with a silver-colored material)
a. azogar
On the tour around the mirror workshop, we learned about the process of silvering glass to make it reflective.En la visita al taller de espejos, aprendimos acerca del proceso de azogar el cristal para hacerlo reflectante.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (to turn gray)
a. blanquear
His silvering hair made him look very distinguished.El pelo le daba un aire distinguido al paso que le blanqueaba.
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