A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (salivation)
a. saliva
Juan mordió el bocadillo y lo dejó lleno de babas.Juan took a bite of the sandwich and left it covered in saliva.
b. spittle
Miranda le limpió la baba del mentón al abuelo y le acarició la cara.Miranda wiped the spittle from her granddad's chin and stroked his face.
c. slobber
Al llegar a casa, me encontré las babas del perro por el sofá.When I got home, I found the dog's slobber all over the sofa.
d. dribble
Tenía una mancha de baba del bebé en la camiseta.Her t-shirt was stained with her baby's dribble.
e. drool
Todos los juguetes del pequeño estaban llenos de baba.All the baby's toys were covered in drool.
2. (snail mucus)
a. slime
El caracol dejó un rastro de baba en el cristal.The snail left a trail of slime on the glass.
3. (animal)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
a. small crocodile
En Venezuela, el guía del zoo nos dijo que las babas no son peligrosas.In Venezuela, the zoo's guide told us that small crocodiles are not dangerous.
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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. (saliva; de niño)
a. dribble
2. (de adulto)
a. spittle, saliva
3. (de animal)
a. slobber
4. (de caracol)
a. slime
5. (colloquial)
se le cae la baba con su hijashe drools over her daughter
6. (colloquial)
tener mala babato be a nasty piece of work
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1 (saliva) [de adulto] spittle; saliva; [de niño] dribble; [de perro] slobber
echar baba to drool; slobber; [+niño] to dribble; mala baba (malhumor) bad temper; (mal genio) nasty character
se le caía la baba he was thrilled to bits o pieces
2 (mucosidad) (en nariz) mucus; [de caracol] slime; secretion;
3 (Col) (Ven) small crocodile
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