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Usage note
This word is often used in the plural.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (food preserved in a can)
a. canned food
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mis padres nos criaron a base de conservas.My parents brought us up on canned food.
b. tinned food (United Kingdom)
Estas conservas llevan tanto tiempo en la despensa que han caducado.This tinned food has been in the pantry so long that it's out of date.
2. (food preserved in vinegar)
a. pickle
Voy a poner unas conservas que yo mismo preparé para acompañar a los fiambres.I'm going to serve some pickles I made myself to go with the cold meats.
3. (fruit or vegetables preserved in jars)
a. preserve
El médico no me deja comer conservas porque engordan mucho.My doctor doesn't allow me to eat preserves because they are fattening.
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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. (general)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
conservascanned food tinned food
en conservacanned tinned
conserva de carnetinned meat
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1 (proceso) preserving
los cultivos industriales del mejillón se destinaban a la conserva
2 (Culin) (alimentos) preserve; preserves
; (p)
(mermelada) jam; (encurtido) pickle
no comemos muchas conservas we don't eat much tinned o canned food; (EEUU) en conserva tinned; canned; (EEUU) atún en conserva tinned o canned tuna; (EEUU) conservas de carne tinned o canned meat; (EEUU)
conservas alimenticias tinned o canned food; (EEUU)
mejillones en conserva alimentos en conserva carne en conserva trufas en conserva melocotones en conserva poner los alimentos en conserva he comprado unas conservas y varios litros de leche Hay conservas de legumbres que se pueden usar con toda garantía conservas en mal estado latas de conserva
3 (Náutica) convoy
navegar en (la) conserva to sail in convoy
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