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"Zorros" is a plural noun which is often translated as "feather duster", and "ciervo" is a noun which is often translated as "deer". Learn more about the difference between "zorros" and "ciervo" below.
zorros
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (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.
zorro
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (animal)
a. fox
El zorro corrió por la pradera.The fox ran through the meadow.
3. (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).
4. (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.
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el ciervo, la cierva(
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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).
1. (animal)
a. deer
Se me atravesó un ciervo en la carretera.A deer jumped in front of me on the highway.
b. stag (male)
El ciervo que vimos en el bosque tenía cuernos grandes.The stag we saw in the woods had large antlers.
c. hind (female)
La cierva y su cría bebían agua del río.The hind and her young drank water from the river.
d. doe (female)
Las ciervas corrían por el parque.The does were running around in the park.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (culinary)
a. venison
En este restaurante sirven ciervo y otra caza.In this restaurant they serve venison and other game.
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