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"Cuchillo" is a noun which is often translated as "knife", and "tenedor" is a noun which is often translated as "fork". Learn more about the difference between "cuchillo" and "tenedor" below.
cuchillo(
koo
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chee
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yoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (cutting instrument)
a. knife
Ryan puso la mesa con platos, tenedores, cuchillos y cucharas.Ryan set the table with plates, forks, knives, and spoons.
2. (animal anatomy)
a. tusk
Los cuchillos del jabalí estaban muy afilados.The boar's tusks were very sharp.
3. (sewing)
a. gore
La costurera decidió ponerle unos cuchillos a la falda.The seamstress decided to add a few gores to the skirt.
4. (architecture)
a. support
Los cuchillos del puente están hechos de madera.The bridge's supports are made of wood.
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tenedor(
teh
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neh
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dohr
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (tableware)
a. fork
Prefiero comer el pastel con un tenedor y no una cuchara.I prefer to eat cake with a fork and not a spoon.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (finance)
a. holder
Es tenedor de acciones en Microsoft.He is a share holder in Microsoft.
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