Quick answer
"Wilderness" is a noun which is often translated as "la tierra virgen", and "desert" is a noun which is often translated as "el desierto". Learn more about the difference between "wilderness" and "desert" below.
wilderness(
wihl
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duhr
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nihs
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (uncultivated land)
a. la tierra virgen
(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 east of the country is a wilderness.El este del país es tierra virgen.
b. la naturaleza
(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).
One day, the lawyer decided to quit his job to go live in the wilderness.Un día, el abogado decidió dejar su trabajo e irse a vivir a la naturaleza.
c. la jungla
(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).
(with dense vegetation)
Mowgli grew up in the wilderness, far from any other humans.Mowgli se crió en la jungla, lejos de todo ser humano.
d. el desierto
(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).
(waterless)
And Jesus went into the wilderness, where he was tempted by Satan.Y Jesús marchó al desierto, donde fue tentado por Satanás.
2. (uninviting place)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Every evening, the city became a wilderness of steel and glass.Por las noches, la ciudad se convertía en un desierto de acero y cristal.
The market was a wilderness of streets.El mercado era un laberinto de calles.
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desert(
deh
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zuhrt
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (geography)
a. el desierto
(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 travelers died while trying to cross the Sahara Desert.Los viajeros murieron intentando cruzar el desierto del Sáhara.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(wasteland)
a. el desierto
(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).
Smith believes this country is becoming a cultural desert.Smith cree que este país se convierte en un desierto cultural.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (geography)
a. desértico
The vegetation is predominantly desert scrub.La vegetación dominante es el matorral desértico.
4. (uninhabited)
a. desierto
Two castaways lived on the desert island.En la isla desierta vivían dos náufragos.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to abandon)
a. abandonar
My father deserted us when I was a child.Mi padre nos abandonó cuando yo era pequeño.
6. (military)
a. desertar de
The solider was accused of deserting his post during the war.Al soldado le acusaron de desertar de su puesto durante la guerra.
7. (to fail)
a. abandonar
The boxer's courage failed him when he saw the size of his opponent.El valor del boxeador lo abandonó al ver el tamaño de su contrincante.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (military)
a. desertar
The soldier was wanted for deserting and for betraying his country.El soldado estaba en busca y captura por desertar y por traicionar a su patria.
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