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"Escualo" is a noun which is often translated as "shark", and "tiburón" is a noun which is also often translated as "shark". Learn more about the difference between "escualo" and "tiburón" below.
escualo(
ehs
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kwah
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loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (animal)
a. shark
El gran blanco es un escualo con tres filas de dientes.The Great White is a shark with three rows of teeth.
b. dogfish
No todos los escualos son peligrosos.Not all dogfish are dangerous.
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tiburón(
tee
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boo
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rohn
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (animal)
a. shark
A pesar de su reputación como terribles devoradores de hombres, los tiburones raramente atacan a personas.Despite their reputation as terrible man-eaters, sharks rarely attack people.
Cuando estuvimos buceando en Australia, vimos un tiburón.We saw a shark when we were scuba diving in Australia.
2. (ambitious person)
a. shark
El antiguo presidente era un tiburón, un verdadero depredador político.The former president was a shark, a real political predator.
3. (finance)
a. raider
Varios tiburones intentaron hacerse con el control de la compañía sin conseguirlo.Several raiders tried to take over the company without success.
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