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"Cepillo" is a noun which is often translated as "brush", and "cepillo de dientes" is a noun which is often translated as "toothbrush". Learn more about the difference between "cepillo" and "cepillo de dientes" below.
cepillo(
seh
-
pee
-
yoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (grooming tool)
a. brush
Necesito pasar un cepillo por mi pelo antes de salir.I need to run a brush through my hair before leaving.
2. (cleaning tool)
a. brush
Necesito comprar un cepillo para fregar el suelo.I need to buy a brush to scrub the floor.
3. (carpenter's tool)
a. plane
El carpintero utiliza un cepillo para alisar la madera.The carpenter uses a plane to smooth the wood.
4. (charity)
a. collection plate
Ella echa un dólar al cepillo todos los domingos.She puts a dollar in the collection plate every Sunday.
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cepillo de dientes(
seh
-
pee
-
yoh
 
deh
 
dyehn
-
tehs
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. toothbrush
Me traje la pasta pero olvidé mi cepillo de dientes.I brought my toothpaste with me, but I forgot my toothbrush.
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