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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (language)
a. Araucanian
Nahuel hablaba araucano y castellano.Nahuel spoke Araucanian and Spanish.
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).
2. (member of an Araucanian indigenous people)
a. Araucanian
Los araucanos migraron a Argentina desde Chile.The Araucanians migrated to Argentina from Chile.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (of Araucanian origin)
a. Araucanian
Hay una muestra de cultura araucana en el museo etnográfico.There's an exhibition of Araucanian culture in the ethnographic museum.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. Araucanian
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araucanoa araucana
The Araucanos or Mapuches from what is now Chile and western Argentina fiercely resisted both Inca and Spanish attempts to colonize them. Their indomitable spirit is celebrated in Alonso de Ercilla's epic poem La Araucana. Their language is today spoken by over 300,000 people and many words of Araucanian origin are used in Chilean and Argentinian Spanish. The name Chile is Araucanian for "Land's End".
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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