el caimán
-the caiman
See the entry for caimán.


A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (animal)
a. caiman
El río estaba infestado de caimanes que se acercaban silenciosos a la barcaza.The river was full of caimans that approached our barge noiselessly.
b. cayman
Los humedales son el hábitat ideal de caimanes y cocodrilos.Wetlands are the ideal habitat for caymans and crocodiles.
c. alligator
Había un caimán en el agua, escondido entre los troncos caídos.There was an alligator in the water, hiding among the fallen trunks.
2. (swindler)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. con man
Ese caimán intentó darme un billete de $100 falso.That con man tried to give me a fake $100 bill.
3. (tool)
Regionalism used in Chile
a. alligator wrench
El mecánico ajustó las tuercas con un caimán.The mechanic adjusted the nuts with an alligator wrench.
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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)
a. alligator, cayman
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1 (cocodrilo) caiman; alligator
2 (And) (iguana) iguana
3 (Latinoamérica) (estafador) con man; swindler
4 (México) (Técnica) chain wrench
5 (And) (gandul) lazybones (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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