fish
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Usage note
When it refers to fish in general, the plural of this word is "fish." However, when it refers to different species of fish, the plural of this word is "fishes."
fish(
fihsh
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (animal)
a. el pez
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Fish can't breathe out of the water.Los peces no pueden respirar fuera del agua.
The two fishes that are most commonly seen in these lakes are walleye and pike.Los dos peces que se ven con más frecuencia en estos lagos son el lucio y el arenque.
2. (culinary)
a. el pescado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The idea that sushi is just raw fish is a misconception.La idea de que el sushi es solo pescado crudo es un error.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to catch)
a. pescar
We fished sardines in the lake.Pescamos sardinas en el lago.
b. pescar en
I've never fished that river before.Nunca antes he pescado en ese río.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to try to catch fish; often used with "for")
a. pescar
We went fishing for trout in a stream close to the hotel.Fuimos a pescar trucha en un arroyo cerca del hotel.
When I was a kid, I went fishing every weekend.Cuando era niño, iba a pescar todos los fines de semana.
5. (to search)
a. rebuscar
He fished in the drawer for the key.Rebuscó en el cajón en busca de la llave.
6. (to try to elicit a response; used with "for")
a. andar a la caza de
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Stop fishing for compliments; it's unbecoming.Deja de andar a la caza de cumplidos; es impropio.
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fish
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (animal)
a. el pez
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (food)
a. el pescado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
fish and chipspescado frito con patatas, papas fritas,
fish-and-chip shoptienda de “fish and chips”
fish cakepastelillo de pescado
fish farmpiscifactoría f
fish farmingpiscicultura f
fish fingerspalitos or barritas de pescado
fish knifecuchillo or paleta de pescado
fish slicepala or espátula (de cocina)
fish stickspalitos or barritas de pescado
fish tankacuario m
3. (idioms)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
there are plenty more fish in the seacon él/ella no se acaba el mundo
to have other fish to frytener algo más importante que hacer
she felt like a fish out of waterno se sentía en su elemento
at school/work, he was a big fish in a small pondle venía pequeña la escuela/la empresa
neither fish nor fowlni chicha ni limoná
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (river)
a. pescar en
5. (remove)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to fish something from somewhereretirar algo de un lugar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (for fish)
a. pescar
7. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to fish for complimentstratar de atraer elogios
she fished around in her pocket for some changerebuscó en el bolsillo or
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fish [fɪʃ]
noun
fish fishes
1 (alive) pez (m); (as food) pescado (m)
neither fish nor fowl ni chicha ni limoná
I've got other fish to fry tengo cosas más importantes que hacer
there are other fish in the sea hay otros peces en el mar
to be like a fish out of water estar como pez fuera del agua
2 (person) tipoatipa (informal) (m) (f);a tipa tíoatía (m) (f) (informal);a tía (Esp)
odd fish bicho (m) raro (informal); big fish pez (m) gordo
he's a (bit of a) cold fish es un tipo frío (informal)
intransitive verb
pescar; [+trawler] faenar
he goes fishing at weekends sale a pescar los fines de semana; I'm going fishing voy de pesca; to go salmon fishing ir a pescar salmón; to fish for [+trout, salmon etc] pescar; [+compliments, information] andar a la caza de; to fish (around) in one's pocket for sth buscarse algo en el bolsillo
to fish in troubled waters pescar en río revuelto
transitive verb
[+river, pond] pescar en; [+trout, salmon etc] pescar;
modifier
fish and chips (n) pescado (m) frito con patatas fritas
fish and chip shop (n) tienda de comida rápida principalmente de pescado frito y patatas fritas
fish course (n) (plato (m) de) pescado (m)
fish factory (n) fábrica (f) de pescado
fish farm (n) piscifactoría (f); criadero (m) de peces
fish farmer (n) piscicultorapiscicultora (m) (f);a piscicultora
fish farming (n) piscicultura (f); cría (f) de peces
fish finger (n) (Britain) palito (m) de pescado empanado
fish glue (n) cola (f) de pescado
fish knife (n) cuchillo (m) de pescado
fish manure (n) abono (m) de pescado
fish market (n) lonja (f) de pescado; (Esp)
fish meal (n) harina (f) de pescado
fish seller (n) (US)
fish shop (n) pescadería (f)
fish slice (n) pala (f) para el pescado
fish soup (n) sopa (f) de pescado
fish stick (n) (US) croqueta (f) de pescado
fish store (n) (US) pescadería (f)
fish tank (n) acuario (m)
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