A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (textile string)
a. thread
Corté con unas tijeras las hebras del jerséy viejo.I cut the threads of the old sweater with a pair of scissors.
b. strand
La soga estaba formada por multitud de hebras de nylon.The rope was made from dozens of strands of nylon.
2. (culinary)
a. fiber
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Prefiero comerme las judías verdes que tengan muchas hebras.I prefer eating green beans that have a lot of fibers.
b. fibre (United Kingdom)
El niño empezó a llorar cuando se encontró una hebra de puerro en su sopa.The child started to cry when he found a fibre of a leek in his soup.
c. string
A la pasta le añadí un toque final con unas hebras de queso.I gave a final touch on the pasta with some strings of cheese.
3. (of an animal)
a. thread
El gusano de seda había fabricado varias hebras en un par de horas.The silkworm had made several threads in a couple of hours.
4. (related to wood)
a. grain
Para quitar la mancha del suelo hay que frotar la madera en dirección de las hebras.To remove the stain on the floor you have to rub the wood with the grain.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
a. hair
La bella mujer tenía unas hebras doradas y ojos color cielo.The beautiful woman had golden hair and sky-colored eyes.
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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. (de hilo, tabaco)
a. thread
2. (de judías, puerros)
a. string
3. (fig)
Regionalism used in Spain
pegar la hebrato start chatting
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1 [de hilo] thread
2 (Botánica) (fibra) fibre; fiber; (EEUU) [de madera] grain; [de gusano de seda] thread
tabaco de hebra loose tobacco
3 [de metal] vein; streak
4 hebras hair
de una hebra (S. Cone) (México) all at once
pegar la hebra (entablar conversación) to start o strike up a conversation; (hablar mucho) to chatter; talk nineteen to the dozen
no quedar ni hebra (And)
no quedó ni hebra de comida there wasn't a scrap of food left
romperse la hebra (México)
se rompió la hebra entre los dos amigos the two friends fell out
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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