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"Eco" is a noun which is often translated as "echo", and "humo" is a noun which is often translated as "smoke". Learn more about the difference between "eco" and "humo" below.
eco(
eh
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koh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (physics)
a. echo
Grité y el eco resonó por todo el teatro.I shouted and the echo reverberated through the theater.
2. (reaction)
a. repercussion
El evento tuvo ecos importantes en las redes sociales.The event had significant repercussions in social media.
b. impact
Los comentarios del senador hicieron eco en su partido político.The senator's remarks had a huge impact in his political party.
3. (influence)
a. element
En su sinfonía hay ecos barrocos y románticos.There are Baroque and Romantic elements in his symphony.
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humo(
oo
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moh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (gas in a visible form)
a. smoke
La alfombra se incendió y ahora mi casa está llena de humo.The rug caught fire and now my house is full of smoke.
b. fumes
El humo de la fábrica llenó la ciudad.The fumes from the factory filled the town.
c. vapor
El humo que sale del pantano le da un aspecto escalofriante.The vapor coming off the swamp gives it a chilling appearance.
d. steam
La plancha está rota; no suelta humo cuando aprieto el botón.The iron is broken; it doesn't release steam when I press the button.
2. (product of fermentation)
a. fumes
No se puede ver el humo que se desprende del kimchi, pero sin duda puede olerse.You can't see the fumes coming off the kimchi, but you sure can smell them.
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