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"Encimera" is a noun which is often translated as "countertop", and "mostrador" is a noun which is often translated as "counter". Learn more about the difference between "encimera" and "mostrador" below.
encimera(
ehn
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see
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meh
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rah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (culinary)
a. countertop
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Esparcí harina sobre la encimera y preparé la masa para pizza.I spread flour over the countertop and kneaded the pizza dough.
b. worktop (United Kingdom)
Reemplazamos la encimera de madera por una de granito.We replaced the wooden worktop with a granite one.
c. work surface (United Kingdom)
Puedes limpiar la encimera con una esponja.You can clean the work surface with a sponge.
2. (bedding)
a. top sheet
En los hoteles suelen poner una encimera bajo el edredón.Hotels tend to put a top sheet under the comforter.
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mostrador(
mohs
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trah
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dohr
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (furniture)
a. counter
Encontrarás destornilladores en el mostrador de cualquier ferretería.You can find screwdrivers at the counter of any hardware store.
b. desk
Fue al mostrador y pidió información sobre su vuelo.He went to the desk and asked for information about his flight.
c. bar
Dejó el vaso vacío en el mostrador y pagó.She left her empty glass at the bar and paid.
2.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(breast)
a. tits
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Con esa camisa se le veía todo el mostrador.You could see her tits in that shirt.
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