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palillo
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palillo(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (dental stick)
a. toothpick
¿Usas palillos para limpiarte los dientes?Do you use toothpicks to clean your teeth?
2. (for snacks)
a. cocktail stick
Pinche la aceituna con un palillo.Spear the olive with a cocktail stick.
3. (music)
a. drumstick
El tambor y los palillos cuestan $50.The drum and drumsticks together cost $50.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(very slim person)
a. beanpole
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Paola siempre ha sido un palillo a pesar de que come mucho.Paola has always been a beanpole despite eating so much.
b. matchstick
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Marisa tiene las piernas como palillos.Marisa's legs are like matchsticks.
c. as thin as a rake
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Después de la dieta, David quedó hecho un palillo.David has been as thin as a rake since his diet.
5. (knitting tool)
Regionalism used in Bolivia
(Bolivia)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
a. knitting needle
Mi abuela me hizo un suéter con los palillos que le regalé.My grandmother made me a sweater with the knitting needles I gave her.
6. (clip for clothes line)
Regionalism used in Uruguay
(Uruguay)
a. clothespin
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Colgué la ropa con palillos en el tendedero.I hung the clothes on the line with clothespins.
b. clothes peg (United Kingdom)
Necesito más palillos para tender la ropa.I need some more clothes pegs to be able to hang out the washing.
palillos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7. (eating utensils)
a. chopsticks
¿Sabes comer el sushi con palillos?Do you know how to eat sushi with chopsticks?
8. (musical instrument)
a. castanets
Acompañaron el baile con palillos.The dance was accompanied by castanets.
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palillo
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (mondadientes)
a. toothpick
2. (para tapa)
a. cocktail stick
3. (baqueta)
a. drumstick
4. (para comida china)
a. chopstick
5. (persona delgada)
a. matchstick
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palillo
1 (mondadientes) (also palillo de dientes) toothpick
unas piernas como palillos de dientes legs like matchsticks
2 (Música) [de tambor, batería] drumstick;palillos (instrumento) castanets
3 (para comida oriental) chopstick
4 very thin person
estar hecho un palillo to be as thin as a rake
5 (Taur) banderilla
6 (S. Cone) (aguja de tejer) knitting needle
7 (Centroamérica) (México) (portalápices) penholder
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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