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"Zorrillo" is a noun which is often translated as "skunk", and "zorro" is a noun which is often translated as "fox". Learn more about the difference between "zorrillo" and "zorro" below.
zorrillo(
soh
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rree
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yoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (animal)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. skunk
Los zorrillos desprenden un olor muy desagradable cuando se sienten amenazados.Skunks give off a very unpleasant smell when they feel threatened.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(police carrier)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. police vehicle
El zorrillo lanzó gas contra los manifestantes.The police vehicle threw gas at the protesters.
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)
(fool)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. silly (adjective)
¡Qué zorrillo eres, hijo!You are so silly, son!
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zorro(
soh
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rroh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (animal)
a. fox
El zorro corrió por la pradera.The fox ran through the meadow.
2. (material)
a. fox fur
Los abrigos de zorro ya no son tan populares como antes.Fox fur coats aren’t as popular as they once were.
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. (astute person)
a. crafty (adjective)
Ese vendedor de autos es realmente un zorro.That car salesman is really crafty.
b. sly (adjective)
Mi hermano es un zorro que siempre roba comida de mi plato.My sly brother always steals food from my plate.
zorros
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (for cleaning)
a. feather duster
Sacudimos el comedor con zorros dos veces a la semana.We dust the dining room with a feather duster twice a week.
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