la calaca
-the skeleton
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calaca

calaca(
kah
-
lah
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kah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (in folklore)
Regionalism used in Honduras
(Honduras)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. skeleton
El altar estaba decorado con calacas cerámicas.The altar was decorated with ceramic skeletons.
Las niñas se disfrazaron como calacas para el Día de Muertos.The girls dressed up as skeletons for the Day of the Dead.
2. (in folklore)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. skull
Decoraron el santuario con calacas para el Día de Muertos.They decorated the shrine with skulls for the Day of the Dead.
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