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"Elote" is a noun which is often translated as "corncob", and "choclo" is a noun which is often translated as "corn". Learn more about the difference between "elote" and "choclo" below.
elote(
eh
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loh
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teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (maize cob)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. corncob
Me encantan los elotes asados.I love roasted corncobs.
b. ear of corn
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Pon a hervir los elotes con un poco de sal.Set the ears of corn to boil with a bit of salt.
2. (maize)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. sweetcorn
El elote es un alimento muy popular en México.Sweetcorn is a very popular food in Mexico.
b. corn
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Podemos ponerle también elote a la ensalada.We can also add corn to the salad.
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choclo(
choh
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kloh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (botany)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. corn
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El choclo se siembra generalmente en la primavera.Corn is generally sown in spring.
b. maize (United Kingdom)
El choclo necesita mucha agua, por lo que hay que regarlo constantemente.Maize needs a lot of water, so it has to be watered constantly.
2. (kernels)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. sweet corn
María nos preparó choclo con mantequilla, y le quedó muy rico.Maria gave us sweet corn with butter, and it was really tasty.
b. sweetcorn
Para esta receta se puede utilizar choclo de lata.You can use canned sweetcorn for this recipe.
3. (cob)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. corncob
Estaba tan hambrienta que dejé el choclo sin un solo grano.I was so hungry that I didn't leave a single kernel on the the corncob.
4. (footwear)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. brogue
Mauricio se compró unos cómodos choclos de piel para el trabajo.Mauricio bought a pair of comfortable leather brogues for work.
b. shoe
A Alicia los choclos ya le quedan pequeños; tendremos que comprarle más.Alicia's shoes are too small for her; we'll need to get her some more.
5. (long talk)
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
a. screed
No pude llegar antes ya que tuve que escuchar el aburrido choclo del conferencista.I couldn't come before because I had to listen to the speaker's boring screed.
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