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"Zapallo" is a noun which is often translated as "pumpkin", and "calabaza" is a noun which is also often translated as "pumpkin". Learn more about the difference between "zapallo" and "calabaza" below.
zapallo(
sah
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pah
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yoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (fruit)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. pumpkin
El cocinero sacó la pulpa del zapallo para servir una sopa dentro.The cook removed the flesh from the pumpkin to serve some soup in it.
2. (botany)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. pumpkin
Los zapallos que planté este año ya están enormes.The pumpkins I planted this year are huge already.
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).
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(dumb) (River Plate)
a. dope
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡María es una zapalla! ¿A quién se le ocurre ir maquillada a la piscina?Maria is such a dope! Who thinks of wearing make-up to go to the pool?
b. fool
¡Sos un zapallo que no dice más que tonterías!You're such a fool saying all that nonsense!
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calabaza(
kah
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lah
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bah
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sah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (fruit)
a. pumpkin
Hice tarta de calabaza como postre.I made pumpkin pie for dessert.
b. squash
A mi mamá la encanta la calabaza asada.My mom loves roasted squash.
2. (container)
a. gourd
El vaquero llevaba su agua en una calabaza.The cowboy carried his water in a gourd.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiot)
a. dummy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
No te malgastes el tiempo explicándole las cosas a esa calabaza.Don't waste your time explaining things to that dummy.
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