bulb
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bulb(
buhlb
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (botany)
a. el bulbo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm going to plant the hyacinth bulbs along the fence.Voy a plantar los bulbos de jacinto a lo largo de la valla.
Leeks and onions are related, but leeks have smaller bulbs.Los puerros y las cebollas son de la misma familia, pero los puerros tienen bulbos más pequeños.
b. la cabeza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of garlic)
May I get another bulb of garlic? Two cloves on this one are rotten.¿Me puedes dar otra cabeza de ajo? Dos dientes de esta están podridos.
2. (electricity)
a. la bombilla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The flickering bulbs in the library made it impossible to study there.Las bombillas parpadeantes de la biblioteca hicieron imposible estudiar allí.
b. el foco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Changing from incandescent to fluorescent bulbs saved us a lot of money on our electric bill.Cambiar los focos incandescentes por los fluorescentes nos ahorró mucho dinero en nuestra cuenta de electricidad.
c. el bombillo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The bulb broke in his hand and cut his fingers as he was changing it.El bombillo se le rompió en la mano y le cortó los dedos mientras la cambiaba.
d. la lamparita
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(River Plate)
You'll need a special bulb for appliances to replace the one in your oven.Vas a necesitar una lamparita especial para electrodomésticos para reemplazar la de tu horno.
3. (part of a thermometer)
a. la cubeta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His fever was so high that he nearly broke the bulb when I took his temperature.Tenía tanta fiebre que casi rompió la cubeta cuando le tomé la temperatura.
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bulb
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (of plant)
a. el bulbo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (lightbulb)
a. la bombilla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
b. el foco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
c. el bombillo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
d. la lamparita
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(River Plate)
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bulb [bʌlb]
noun
1 (Bot) bulbo (m); camote (m); (Méx) [of garlic] cabeza (f)
2 (Electricity and Electronics) bombilla (f); bombillo (m); (LAm) foco (m); (LAm)
3 [of thermometer] cubeta (f); ampolleta (f)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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