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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (botany)
a. thistle
No camines descalzo en el pasto. Hay cardos.Don't walk barefoot on the grass. There are thistles.
2. (vegetable)
a. cardoon
Hierve los cardos en una olla por 30 minutos.Boil the cardoons in a pot for 30 minutes.
3. (irritable person)
a. prickly character
Mi compañera de trabajo es un cardo y no nos llevamos bien.My coworker is a prickly character and we don't get along well.
b. prickly (adjective)
Despite being a great singer, Alex got fired from the band because he was prickly.A pesar de ser un gran cantante, echaron a Alex de la banda porque era un cardo.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(ugly person)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. plug-ugly (adjective)
Leo es un cardo ¿no crees? - A mí me parece lindo.Leo is plug-ugly, don't you think? - I think he's handsome!
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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. (planta)
a. thistle
cardo borriquerocotton thistle
2. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. ugly mug
3. (arisca)
a. prickly customer
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es un cardo (insociable) he's a prickly customer (familiar); (feo) he's as ugly as sin (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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