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Feminine nouns that begin with a stressed "a-" or "ha-" sound in Spanish use the definite article "el" in the singular.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (culinary)
a. poultry (raised on farms)
Prefiero las aves a la carne roja o el cerdo.I prefer poultry to red meat or pork.
b. game birds (hunted)
Este restaurante está especializado en aves como el faisán o la perdiz.This restaurant specializes in game birds such as pheasant or partridge.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
2. (animal)
a. bird
Las aves que pasaron volando sobre mi casa se dirigían al sur para pasar el invierno.The birds that flew over my house were heading south for the winter.
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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. (animal)
a. bird
el Ave Fénixthe phoenix
ave del Paraísobird of paradise
2. (fig)
ser un ave de pasoto be a rolling stone
ave de presabird of prey
3. (también fig)
ave rapaz o de rapiñabird of prey
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (general)
¡Ave María Purísima!saints preserve us!
(pájaro) bird; especialmente (Latinoamérica) (pollo) chicken
ave acuática ave acuátil water bird
ave canora ave cantora songbird
ave de corral chicken; fowl
ave del paraíso bird of paradise
ave de paso bird of passage
ave de presa ave de rapiña bird of prey
ave marina sea bird
ave negra (S. Cone) crooked lawyer
ave nocturna night bird; también
aves de corral poultry
; (s)
ave zancuda wader; wading bird
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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