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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (anatomy)
a. canine
Tus molares son importantes para moler la comida y tus colmillos son importantes para hacerla trizas.Your molars are important for grinding food and your canines are important for tearing it.
b. eyetooth
El dentista le dijo a Juan que tenía una caries en el colmillo derecho.The dentist told Juan that he had a cavity in his right eyetooth.
2. (of an animal)
a. fang
Si un perro te enseña los colmillos, es mejor alejarte de él.If a dog bares its fangs, it's better to stay away from it.
b. tusk
Los elefantes están en peligro porque los cazadores furtivos siguen cazándolos por el marfil de sus colmillos.Elephants are in danger because poachers are still hunting them for the ivory in their tusks.
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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. (de persona)
a. canine, eye-tooth
2. (de perro)
a. fang
3. (de elefante)
a. tusk
4. (fig)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
enseñar los colmillosto show one's teeth
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(Anatomía) eye tooth; canine (tooth); (Zoología) fang; [de elefante, morsa, jabalí] tusk
enseñar los colmillos to show one's teeth; bare one's teeth
escupir por el colmillo to talk big (familiar); brag
tener colmillos (México) to be long in the tooth (familiar)
tener el colmillo torcido to be an old fox
¡ya tengo colmillos! (México) you can't fool me!
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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