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"Arco" is a noun which is often translated as "arch", and "flecha" is a noun which is often translated as "arrow". Learn more about the difference between "arco" and "flecha" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (shape)
a. arch
La entrada a la casa tiene forma de arco.The entrance to the house is in the shape of an arch.
b. arc
El maestro les pidió a los alumnos dibujar un arco.The teacher asked the students to draw an arc.
2. (weapon)
a. bow
Cazaron el animal con arco y flecha.They hunted the animal with a bow and arrow.
3. (music)
a. bow
Ella produjo un hermoso sonido con el arco de su violín.She produced a beautiful sound with her violin bow.
4. (sports)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. goal
Los jugadores no consiguieron meter ningún balón en el arco.The players couldn't manage to get a ball into the goal.
b. wicket (croquet)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Falta uno de los arcos. Hay que buscarlo para poder empezar el juego.One of the wickets is missing. We need to find it so we can start the game.
5. (architecture)
a. arch
Tomamos muchas fotos del arco construido en el siglo XVI.We took many pictures of the arch built in the 16th century.
6. (electricity)
a. arc
Te debes proteger los ojos al mirar un arco eléctrico.You need to protect your eyes when looking at an electric arc.
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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. (projectile)
a. arrow
Esta tribu todavía caza con arco y flecha.This tribe still hunts using bows and arrows.
b. dart
No logré encontrar el blanco ni con una sola flecha.I wasn't able to hit the target with a single dart.
2. (symbol)
a. arrow
La flecha indica por dónde salir en caso de emergencia.The arrow indicates where to exit in case of an emergency.
3. (architecture)
a. spire
La flecha del rascacielos lo convierte en el edificio más alto del continente.The skyscraper's spire makes it the tallest building on the continent.
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