A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (domestic bird)
a. hen
Las gallinas de Julie ponen un huevo por día.Julie's hens lay an egg a day.
2. (culinary)
a. chicken
Te voy a preparar un caldo de gallina para que te sientas mejor.I'm going to make you chicken soup so that you feel better.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
3. (cowardly person)
a. chicken
¡Hazlo! ¡No seas una gallina!Do it! Don't be a chicken!
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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. hen
cría gallinashe keeps chickens
2. (colloquial)
la gallina ciegablind man's buff
3. (fam fig)
matar la gallina de los huevos de oroto kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
4. (colloquial)
a. chicken, coward
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1 (ave) hen
acostarse con las gallinas to go to bed early
cantar la gallina to own up; hold up one's hands
andar como gallina clueca (México) to be as pleased as Punch
estar como gallina en corral ajeno (estar incómodo) to be like a fish out of water; (no tener libertad) to have no freedom of movement
estar como gallina con huevos to be very distrustful
¡hasta que meen las gallinas! pigs might fly! (familiar)
matar la gallina de los huevos de oro to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
las gallinas de arriba ensucian a las de abajo (Chile) the underdog always suffers
gallina ciega (Centroamérica) (Caribe) (gusano) white worm
jugar a la gallina ciega to play blind man's buff
gallina clueca broody o brooding hen; (EEUU)
gallina de agua coot
gallina de bantam bantam
gallina de Guinea guinea fowl
gallina de mar gurnard
gallina ponedora laying hen
2 (Culin) chicken
caldo de gallina chicken broth; gallina en pepitoria chicken in a sauce made with wine, bread, egg, almonds and pine nuts
(cobarde) chicken (familiar); coward
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