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"Uña" is a noun which is often translated as "nail", and "carne" is a noun which is often translated as "meat". Learn more about the difference between "uña" and "carne" below.
uña(
oo
-
nyah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (anatomy)
a. nail
Se pintaba las uñas con esmalte de color rosa.She painted her nails with pink nail polish.
b. fingernail (on the hand)
Es guitarrista, así que se deja crecer las uñas de la mano derecha.He's a guitarist, so he grows his fingernails on his right hand.
c. toenail (on the foot)
Ayer di con el pie en una piedra y me rompí la uña.I hit my foot on a stone yesterday and broke a toenail.
2. (animal anatomy)
a. hoof
El caballo tiene una uña infectada.The horse has an infected hoof.
b. claw
El oso le arañó la cara con sus uñas.The bear scratched his face with its claws.
c. stinger (of a scorpion)
Se dice que el veneno de la uña de ese escorpión puede matar.They say the venom from that scorpion's sting can kill you.
3. (anchor)
a. fluke
Como el lecho está bastante arenoso aquí, es mejor que usemos la uña.Since the bottom is pretty sandy here, I think we're better off using the fluke.
4. (music)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. plectrum
No sé si voy a tocar esta canción con los dedos o con la uña.I don't know if I'm going to play this song with my fingers or with the plectrum.
5. (tool)
a. crowbar
Los ladrones forzaron la puerta de atrás con una uña.The burglars broke into the back door with a crowbar.
b. claw (of a hammer)
Antes de poner las tablillas nuevas, tenemos que arrancar todos los clavos con la uña del martillo para quitar las viejas.Before putting on the new shingles, we have to pull out all the nails with the claw of the hammer to remove the old ones.
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carne(
kahr
-
neh
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (edible part of an animal)
a. meat
El doctor le dijo que redujera su consumo de carne.The doctor told him to cut back on his meat intake.
b. flesh
Su religión le prohibe comer la carne de ciertos animales.His religion prohibits him from eating the flesh of certain animals.
2. (edible part of a fruit)
a. flesh
Solo se come la carne del melón.You only eat the flesh of the melon.
b. pulp
Jaime preparó una rica mermelada con la carne de varias frutas.Jaime made some delicious jam with the pulp of several fruits.
3. (anatomy)
a. flesh
La nueva mamá seguía maravillada por la carne gordita y preciosa de su recién nacido.The new mom was still amazed by the lovely, plump flesh of her newborn baby.
4. (religion)
a. flesh
Ya no pudo resistir las tentaciones de la carne, así que renunció a sus votos.He could no longer resist the temptations of the flesh, so he renounced his vows.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(physical nature of the human experience)
a. flesh
No me extraña mucho lo que ha hecho. Digo, por eso se dice que la carne es débil.I'm not that surprised by what he's done. I mean, that's why they say that the flesh is weak.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (color)
a. flesh-colored
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Al principio pensé que Ruth estaba desnuda, pero en realidad llevaba una blusa color carne.At first I though Ruth was nude, but she was really wearing a flesh-colored blouse.
b. flesh-coloured (United Kingdom)
Imelda usa unas medias color carne para disimular sus venas varicosas.Imelda uses flesh-coloured tights to hide her varicose veins.
carnes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7. (of a person)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Después de pasar el invierno encerrado, Leonel había echado carnes.After spending the winter indoors, Leonel had put on a lot of weight.
Luz quiere estar de pocas carnes para lucir bien en su nuevo bikini.Luz wants to be skinny to look good in her new bikini.
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