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"Zócalo" is a noun which is often translated as "baseboard", and "rodapié" is a noun which is also often translated as "baseboard". Learn more about the difference between "zócalo" and "rodapié" below.
zócalo(
soh
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kah
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loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (mopboard)
a. baseboard
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Voy a pintar las paredes de azul y el zócalo de blanco.I'll paint the walls blue and the baseboard white.
b. skirting board (United Kingdom)
La unión entre la pared y el piso quedará oculta bajo el zócalo.The joint formed by the wall and the floor will be covered with a skirting board.
2. (pedestal)
a. base
Dos vándalos tumbaron la estatua y pintaron el zócalo con aerosol.Two vandals toppled the statue and spray-painted the base.
b. plinth
El busto de cerámica fue colocado sobre un zócalo.The ceramic bust was placed on a plinth.
3. (public space)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. main square
No pudimos ir a la feria de arte en el zócalo porque llovió.We couldn't visit the art fair at the main square because it rained.
Zócalo
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
4. (main square)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. Zocalo
El desfile del Día de los Muertos atrajo miles de personas al Zócalo.The Day of the Dead parade attracted thousands of people to the Zocalo.
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rodapié(
rroh
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dah
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pyeh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (architecture)
a. baseboard
Los cables de electricidad están escondidos detrás del rodapié.The electric cables are hidden behind the baseboard.
b. skirting board (United Kingdom)
Las paredes están pintadas de azul y el rodapié y el techo de blanco.The walls are blue, and the ceiling and skirting board are white.
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