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Feminine nouns that begin with a stressed "a-" or "ha-" sound in Spanish use the articles "el" and “un” in the singular.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (animal similar to a deer)
a. moose (American species)
Un anta caminaba por el bosque nevado.A moose was walking through the snowy forest.
b. elk (European species)
Me pareció ver las astas de un anta en la espesura.I thought I saw the antlers of an elk in the bushes.
2. (animal similar to a wild boar)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. tapir
Vimos antas cuando estuvimos en la parte amazónica de Bolivia.We saw tapirs when we visited the Amazonian part of Bolivia.
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
a. anta
Las antas son esas pilastras que hay en los extremos de los muros laterales del templo.The antae are those pilasters at the end of the side walls of the temple.
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1 (ciervo) elk; moose
2 (Latinoamérica) (danta) tapir
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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