Quick answer
"Diente" is a noun which is often translated as "tooth", and "pelo" is a noun which is often translated as "hair". Learn more about the difference between "diente" and "pelo" below.
diente(
dyehn
-
teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (anatomy)
a. tooth
Mi hermana tiene un diente de oro.My sister has a gold tooth.
Por favor, cepíllate los dientes; tu aliento apesta.Please brush your teeth; your breath stinks.
b. fang
La serpiente usa sus dientes para inyectar el veneno.The serpent uses its fangs to inject poison.
2. (part of a fork)
a. tine
¿Cuántos dientes normalmente tiene un tenedor?How many tines does a fork normally have?
b. prong
Los dientes de estos tenedores de plástico se rompen a cada rato.The prongs of these plastic forks break all the time.
3. (part of a saw)
a. tooth
Cuidado que no toques los dientes de la sierra, que te cortas.Be careful not to touch the teeth of the saw, or you'll get cut.
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pelo(
peh
-
loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (single strand)
a. hair
Había un pelo en la sopa, ¡qué asco!There was a hair in my soup, disgusting!
2. (multiple strands)
a. hair
Mi prima tiene el pelo rubio ceniza natural.My cousin has natural ash blonde hair.
b. fur
El pelo de los osos no es tan suave como parece.Bear's fur is not as smooth as it looks like.
c. coat
Tienes que cepillarle el pelo a tu perro para eliminar los pelos sueltos.You have to brush your dog's coat to remove any loose hair.
d. down
Es alérgico al pelo del melocotón.He's allergic to peach down.
e. nap
Cepilla el pelo de la manta para que se mantenga suave.Brush the nap of the blanket to keep it soft.
f. pile
Usa un spray para limpiar el pelo de la alfombra.Use a spray to clean the carpet pile.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(a little)
a. dash
Añade un pelo de aceite al agua para cocinar la pasta.Add a little dash of oil to the water to cook the pasta.
b. bit
Empujé el baúl con todas mis fuerzas, pero no se movió ni un pelo.I pushed my weight against the chest, but it didn't move a bit.
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