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"Grass" is a noun which is often translated as "el césped", and "turf" is a noun which is also often translated as "el césped". Learn more about the difference between "grass" and "turf" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (lawn)
a. el césped
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He fell asleep on the grass, next to his dog.Se quedó dormido en el césped, junto a su perro.
b. el pasto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
It makes me angry when the neighbors' dog poos on my grass.Me enoja que el perro de los vecinos haga caca en mi pasto.
c. la grama
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I love walking barefoot on the grass.Me encanta caminar descalzo sobre la grama.
d. el zacate
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Cows, sheep, and horses live on grass.Las vacas, las ovejas y los caballos se alimentan de zacate.
e. el sacate
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I spent the afternoon lying on the grass, reading a book.Pasé la tarde tumbado en el sacate leyendo un libro.
2. (botany)
a. la hierba
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The Aztecs used various types of medicinal grasses to heal themselves.Los aztecas usaban varios tipos de hierbas medicinales para curarse.
b. la yerba
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Humans can't eat the same grasses as cows.Los seres humanos no pueden comer las mismas yerbas que las vacas.
3.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(marijuana)
a. la hierba
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
Smoking grass always makes me hungry.Fumar hierba siempre me da hambre.
b. la mota
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
How do you feel about smoking a little grass tonight?¿Qué te parece fumar un poco de mota esta noche?
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(informer) (United Kingdom)
a. el chivato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la chivata
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I wouldn't trust Derek. He's a grass!No me fiaría de Derek. ¡Es un chivato!
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to inform on) (United Kingdom)
a. chivarse de
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
If I find out who grassed us to the police, I'll kill them!Si me entero quién se chivó de nosotros a la policía, ¡los mato!
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to inform the police) (United Kingdom)
a. chivarse
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Tim said he wouldn't grass but I don't believe him.Tim dijo que no se chivaría pero no le creo.
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turf
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (grass)
a. el césped
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Josh walked barefoot in the soft, cool turf after the rain.Josh caminó descalzo en el césped fresco y suave después de la lluvia.
The player fell onto the turf, and the referee called a foul.El jugador cayó al césped, y el árbitro marcó una falta.
2. (piece of sod)
a. el tepe
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The landscapers unloaded the turfs from the truck.Los paisajistas descargaron los tepes de la camioneta.
3. (grass substitute)
a. la hierba artificial
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The school decided to have turf installed because it would be lower maintenance.La escuela decidió instalar hierba artificial porque requeriría menos mantenimiento.
4. (agriculture)
a. la turba
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The farmer added turf to the planting soil to improve the ground's water retention.El granjero le agregó turba a la tierra de cultivo para mejorar la retención de agua del suelo.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(territory)
a. el territorio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If you're a member of the red gang, it's not smart to go into the blue gang's turf.Si eres miembro de la pandilla roja, no es muy prudente entrar al territorio de la pandilla azul.
6. (horseback riding)
a. el turf
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Since he's a breeder of thoroughbreds and a racetrack owner, Ronald's life revolves around the turf.Como él es criador de pura sangres y dueño de un hipódromo, la vida de Ronald gira en torno al turf.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to cover with grass)
a. cubrir de césped
The surface of the terrace used to get hot in the sun, so we turfed it.La superficie de la terraza se calentaba mucho con el sol, así que la cubrimos de césped.
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