Quick answer
"Walnut" is a noun which is often translated as "la nuez", and "chestnut" is a noun which is often translated as "la castaña". Learn more about the difference between "walnut" and "chestnut" below.
walnut(
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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. (nut)
a. la nuez
(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).
He's allergic to walnuts.Él es alérgico a las nueces.
b. la nuez de Castilla
(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 Mexico
(Mexico)
We ate walnuts at Christmas.Comimos nueces de Castilla en Navidad.
2. (botany)
a. el nogal
(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).
Walnuts are beautiful trees.Los nogales son árboles hermosos.
3. (wood)
a. el nogal
(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 dining room table is made of walnut.La mesa del comedor es de nogal.
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chestnut(
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nuht
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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. (nut)
a. la castaña
(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).
This bag of assorted nuts has chestnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds.Este paquete de nueces surtidas trae castañas, avellanas y almendras.
We roasted chestnuts in the fireplace while our parents wrapped presents.Asamos castañas en la chimenea mientras nuestros padres envolvían regalos.
b. la castaña de Indias
(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).
Although those chestnuts are poisonous to humans, deer can eat them without any difficulty.Aunque estas castañas de Indias son venenosas para los humanos, los venados pueden comerlas sin problemas.
2. (botany)
a. el castaño
(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).
My father chopped down the old chestnut in our front yard.Mi padre taló el viejo castaño de nuestro patio delantero.
b. el castaño de Indias
(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 scar that the leaf of the horse chestnut leaves behind has a distinctive horseshoe shape.La marca que la hoja del castaño de Indias deja tiene una forma característica de herradura.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(story)
a. la historia
(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).
Don't pay him any attention. He tells the same old chestnut to all our guests.No le hagas caso. Siempre cuenta la misma historia a todos nuestros invitados.
4. (color)
a. el castaño
(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).
Her hair has a color that's a bit closer to chestnut than to black.Su cabello tiene un color más parecido al castaño que al negro.
5. (animal)
a. el caballo castaño
(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 chestnut won the dressage competition.El caballo castaño ganó la competición de doma y salto.
b. el caballo zaino
(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).
We brought hay to the stables to feed the chestnuts.Trajimos heno a las cuadras para alimentar los caballos zainos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (color)
a. castaño
Her chestnut hair had much more bounce and shine after she left the hairdresser's.Su cabello castaño tenía mucha más elasticidad y brillo después de salir de la peluquería.
b. zaino (horse)
The chestnut stallion approached the two mares in the pasture.El semental zaino se acercó a las dos yeguas en el pasto.
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