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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (salivation)
a. saliva (of an adult)
Juan mordió el bocadillo y lo dejó lleno de babas.Juan gave a bite to the sandwich and left it full of saliva.
b. spittle (of an adult)
Miranda durmió tan profundamente que pringó de baba la almohada.Miranda slept so deeply that she soaked her pillow with spittle.
c. slobber (of an animal)
Al llegar a casa, me encontré las babas del perro en el sofá.When I got home, I found the dog's slobber on the sofa.
d. dribble (of an infant)
El bebé manchó de baba la camiseta de su madre.The baby moistened his mother's t-shirt with his dribble.
e. drool (of an infant)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Todos los juguetes del pequeño estaban llenos de baba.All the baby's toys were drenched with drool.
2. (snail mucus)
a. slime
El caracol dejó un rastro de baba en el cristal.The snail left a trail of slime on the glass.
3. (animal)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
a. small crocodile
En Venezula, el guía del zoo nos dijo que las babas no son peligrosas.In Venezuela, the zoo's guide told us that small crocodiles are not dangerous.
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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. (saliva; de niño)
a. dribble
2. (de adulto)
a. spittle, saliva
3. (de animal)
a. slobber
4. (de caracol)
a. slime
5. (colloquial)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
se le cae la baba con su hijashe drools over her daughter
6. (colloquial)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
tener mala babato be a nasty piece of work
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1 (saliva) [de adulto] spittle; saliva; [de niño] dribble; [de perro] slobber
echar baba to drool; slobber; [+niño] to dribble; mala baba (malhumor) bad temper; (mal genio) nasty character
se le caía la baba he was thrilled to bits o pieces
2 (mucosidad) (en nariz) mucus; [de caracol] slime; secretion;
3 (Col) (Ven) small crocodile
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