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"Plátano" is a noun which is often translated as "banana", and "malanga" is a noun which is often translated as "malanga". Learn more about the difference between "plátano" and "malanga" below.
plátano(
plah
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tah
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noh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (fruit)
a. banana
Me encanta comer el plátano con crema de avellana.I love eating bananas with hazelnut cream.
b. plantain (for cooking)
Voy a almorzar plátano con arroz y frijoles.I'm going to have plantains with rice and beans for lunch.
2. (botany)
a. banana tree
Los plátanos crecen en zonas costeras tropicales.Banana trees grow in tropical coastal areas.
b. plane tree
El plátano londinense se parece a un sicomoro americano.The London plane tree looks like an American sycamore.
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malanga(
mah
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lahng
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gah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (botany)
a. malanga
La malanga abunda en Sudamérica y Centroamérica.Malanga abounds in South and Central America.
2. (culinary)
a. malanga
Me encanta la malanga con apio, sancochados y bañados en aceite de oliva.I love malanga with celery, parboiled, and covered in olive oil.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(cash)
Regionalism used in El Salvador
(El Salvador)
a. money
¿Pero tú tienes malanga para comprarte ese auto?But do you have money enough to buy that car?
4.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(marijuana)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. grass
Ya está otra vez dándole a la malanga.There he is again smoking grass.
5.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(male genitalia)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
a. penis
Para ser actor porno te sobra con una buena malanga.To be a porn actor having a large penis is more than enough.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(dim)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
a. thick
A mí él me parece muy malanga. Nunca se entera de nada.I think he is very thick. He never gets anything.
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