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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. (place)
a. wine cellar
La cava debe mantener una temperatura constante para conservar los vinos.The wine cellar needs to be kept at a constant temperature to preserve the wines.
b. cellar
Bajo el castillo hay un laberinto de cavas subterráneas donde se guarda el vino.Beneath the castle, there is a labyrinth of underground cellars where the wine is kept.
2. (anatomy)
a. vena cava
El paciente tuvo una hemorragia por una herida en la cava.The patient had a hemorrhage caused by an injury to the vena cava.
3. (refrigerated container)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
a. cooler
Llené la cava de refrescos y la puse en el carro.I filled the cooler with soft drinks and put it in the car.
b. icebox
Acuérdate de llevar la cava con todas las bebidas.Don't forget to bring the icebox with all the drinks.
c. cool box (United Kingdom)
Compramos una cava para llevar a la playa.We bought a cool box to take to the beach.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (drink)
a. cava
Nos tomamos una botella de cava durante la cena.We drank a bottle of cava over dinner.
b. sparkling wine
El cava sabe mejor frío.Sparkling wine tastes better served cold.
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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. (bebida)
a. cava
b. Spanish sparkling wine
2. (bodega)
a. wine cellar
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A sparkling white or occasionally rosé Spanish wine, cava is produced mainly in the Penedès region using the traditional techniques developed in Champagne, France. To maintain the constant temperature important to the process, the wine is stored and fermented in cellars or cavas, hence the name. Varieties of cava include: medium (semiseco), dry (seco), very dry (brut) and the extra dry variety especially recommended by connoisseurs called brut nature.
1 (lugar) (para el vino) wine cellar; [de garaje] pit
2 (Caribe) (nevera) icebox
(acción) digging
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