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"Diluvio" is a noun which is often translated as "torrential rain", and "inundación" is a noun which is often translated as "flood". Learn more about the difference between "diluvio" and "inundación" below.
diluvio(
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loo
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byoh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (weather)
a. torrential rain
El diluvio provocó desbordamientos de ríos y arroyos.The torrential rain caused rivers and streams to burst their banks.
Esta zona es propensa a diluvios y a deslizamientos de lodo.This area is prone to torrential rain and mudslides.
b. heavy rain
Se espera que caigan diluvios durante cinco días a partir del sábado.Five days of heavy rain are forecast from Saturday.
c. deluge
El diluvio asoló la zona costera.The deluge devastated the coastal area.
d. flood (inundation)
Algunos creen que la Tierra está en riesgo de otro diluvio de grandes proporciones.Some believe that the Earth is at risk of another great flood.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El diluvio no cesaba.It wouldn't stop raining.
Ayer estuvo soleado pero hoy cayó un diluvio.Yesterday was sunny, but today it absolutely poured down.
2. (religion)
a. Flood
Los niños nunca se cansan de la historia del Diluvio y el Arca de Noé.The children never tire of the story of the Flood and Noah's Ark.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(large amount)
a. flood
Hemos recibido un diluvio de peticiones para evitar la demolición del edificio.We've received a flood of petitions asking for the demolition of the building to be stopped.
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inundación(
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noon
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dah
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syohn
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (inundation)
a. flood
La ciudad fue azotada por una inundación devastadora.The city was hit by a devastating flood.
2. (act of inundating)
a. flooding
La inundación causó que muchos automovilistas se quedaran varados.The flooding caused many motorists to be stranded.
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