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"Enjambre" is a noun which is often translated as "swarm", and "plaga" is a noun which is often translated as "plague". Learn more about the difference between "enjambre" and "plaga" below.
enjambre(
ehng
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hahm
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breh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (large number of insects)
a. swarm
Un enjambre de abejas salió de la colmena y me atacó.A swarm of bees came out of the hive and attacked me.
¿Escuchas ese zumbido? Creo que estamos cerca de un enjambre de abejas.Do you hear that buzzing? I think we're near a swarm of bees.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(large group)
a. swarm
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
De la entrada del metro salían enjambres de personas.Swarms of people came out of the subway entrance.
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plaga(
plah
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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. (infestation)
a. plague
La plaga de langostas arrasó con todos los cultivos.The plague of locusts devastated all of the crops.
b. pest
Tengo que hacer algo sobre la plaga de conejos que amenaza mi jardín.I need to do something about the rabbit pests that are threatening my garden.
2. (illness)
a. plague
Nuevos estudios indican que la plaga fue transmitida por jerbos durante la Edad Media.New studies indicate that the plague was transmitted by gerbils during the Middle Ages.
3. (calamity)
a. scourge
La guerra supone una plaga para la ciudad donde se produce.War is a scourge to the city it takes place in.
b. plague
La plaga de la contaminación está afectando a la salud de los ciudadanos.The plague of pollution is affecting citizens' health.
c. affliction
El cáncer es una plaga que cobra la vida de muchas personas cada año.Cancer is an affliction that claims many lives each year.
4.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(abundance)
a. glut
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
Últimamente hay una plaga de rumores sobre este cantante.There is a glut of rumors about this singer lately.
b. plague
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
El inglés es una plaga que está reemplazando a los idiomas minoritarios.English is a plague that is replacing minority languages.
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