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"Tomate" is a noun which is often translated as "tomato", and "papa" is a noun which is often translated as "potato". Learn more about the difference between "tomate" and "papa" below.
tomate(
toh
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mah
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teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (fruit)
a. tomato
La salsa está hecha de tomates recogidos directamente de la vid.The sauce is made from tomatoes picked directly from the vine.
2. (tear in sock)
a. hole
Todas mis medias tienen un tomate en el talón.All of my socks have a hole in the heel.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(fuss)
a. commotion
El elefante que se escapó del zoológico provocó tremendo tomate en el centro.The elephant that escaped from the zoo caused quite a commotion downtown.
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papa(
pah
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pah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. potato
Hoy para comer tenemos papas rellenas con frijoles fritos.Today we are eating stuffed potatoes with refried beans.
2. (vegetable)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. potato
Mi tío plantó dos terrenos de papas para la cosecha de este año.My uncle sowed two lots of potatoes for this year's harvest.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(lie)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. fib
Dime dónde estuviste ayer y no me cuentes otra papa.Tell me where were you yesterday and don't tell me another fib.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (religious)
a. pope
El Papa Francisco es uno de los papas más liberales en la historia de la Iglesia católica.Pope Francis is one of the most liberal Popes in the history of the Catholic Church.
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