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"Pollo" is a noun which is often translated as "chicken", and "bistec" is a noun which is often translated as "steak". Learn more about the difference between "pollo" and "bistec" below.
pollo(
poh
-
yoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (animal)
a. chicken
Hay una granja de pollos cerca de nuestra casa.There is a chicken farm near our house.
2. (culinary)
a. chicken
Hoy hay pollo en mole.We are having chicken in mole sauce today.
3. (baby bird)
a. chick
Mira los pollos siguiendo a la gallina.Look at the chicks following the hen.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(large wad of phlegm)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. loogie (colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Estaba tan enfermo que estaba tosiendo pollos.He was so sick that he was coughing up loogies.
b. gob (colloquial) (United Kingdom)
¿Lo viste? Acaba de escupir ese pollo en la calle.Did you see him? He just coughed up that gob on the street.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(young person)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. young man (masculine)
Eso es un dispositivo muy elegante que tienes, pollo. ¿Qué es? - Es un teléfono.That's quite a fancy device you have, young man. What is it? - It's a phone.
b. young woman (feminine)
Las pollitas del barrio andan vestidas a la última.The young women in the area all dress in the latest fashions.
c. kid
Quieres ir al bar en la calle Hidalgo? - No, está lleno de pollos.Do you want to go to the bar on Hidalgo? - No, it's full of kids.
d. youngster
Mi abuelo me estaba preguntando qué hacen los pollos hoy en día para divertirse.My grandfather was asking me what youngsters like to do for fun these days.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(migrant)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. undocumented migrant
El coyote cobra miles de dólares por pasar un pollo al otro lado.The human smuggler charges thousands of dollars to get an undocumented migrant over the border.
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bistec(
bees
-
tehk
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (culinary)
a. steak
Cada vez que vamos a un restaurante, él pide el corte más grande de bistec.Whenever we go to a restaurant, he orders the largest cut of steak.
b. beefsteak
Mi plato favorito es el bistec encebollado con arroz y habichuelas.My favorite dish is beefsteak with onions and rice and beans.
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