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"Ensenada" is a noun which is often translated as "cove", and "cala" is a noun which is also often translated as "cove". Learn more about the difference between "ensenada" and "cala" below.
ensenada(
ehn
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seh
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nah
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dah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (geography)
a. cove
El profesor de geografía nos dijo que las ensenadas son más pequeñas que las bahías.The geography teacher told us that coves are smaller than bays.
b. inlet
La ensenada estaba resguardada por montañas rocosas.The inlet was sheltered by some rocky mountains.
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cala(
kah
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lah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (geography)
a. cove
El bote pesquero echó anclas en la cala.The fishing boat anchored in the cove.
2. (culinary)
a. sample slice
¿Nunca comiste mango? Te cortaré una cala para que lo pruebes.You never tried mango? I'll cut a sample slice for you.
3. (nautical)
a. hold
Los marineros bajaron las cajas a la cala del barco.The sailors took the crates down to the hold of the ship.
4. (botany)
a. arum lily
La cala crece en pantanos y tiene un solo pétalo.Arum lilies grow in ponds and only have a single petal.
b. calla lily
Mi abuela me envió un ramillete de calas para mi boda.My grandmother sent me a bouquet of calla lilies for my wedding.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(currency)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. peseta
¿Cuánto costó el vino? - 300 calas.How much was the wine? - 300 pesetas.
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