la canilla
-the shinbone
See the entry for canilla.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (anatomy)
a. shinbone
Caí mal cuando estaba esquiando y me quebré la canilla de la pierna izquierda.I fell awkwardly when I was skiing and I fractured my left shinbone.
b. shin
Los futbolistas usan canilleras bajo las medias para no lastimarse las canillas.Soccer players wear shin guards under their socks to protect their shins from injury.
2. (thin leg)
a. skinny leg
María siempre usa vestidos largos porque no le gusta mostrar esas canillas que tiene.Maria always wears long dresses because she doesn't like showing her skinny legs.
3. (birds)
a. wing bone
El veterinario dijo que el loro no puede volar porque tiene rota la canilla de una de sus alas.The veterinary said the parrot can't fly because he has a broken wing bone.
4. (spool)
a. bobbin
¿Tienes una canilla de hilo negro? Necesito coser los pantalones de mi traje.Do you have a black bobbin? I need to sew up my suit pants.
b. reel
Las canillas están debajo de la mesa donde está la máquina de coser.The reels are under the table where the sewing machine is.
5. (plumbing) (Andes)
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(River Plate)
a. faucet
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Manuel abrió la canilla y se lavó las manos.Manuel opened the faucet and washed his hands.
b. tap
Si no pueden arreglar la canilla que gotea, llamen a un plomero.If you can't fix the leaking tap, call a plumber.
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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. (colloquial)
a. shinbone
2. (pierna)
a. leg
3. (bobina)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. bobbin
4. (grifo) (River Plate)
a. tap (United Kingdom)
b. faucet
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
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1 (espinilla) (also canilla de la pierna) shinbone; shin; especialmente (Latinoamérica) (pierna) shank; thin leg
2 (cúbito) (also canilla del brazo) armbone; ulna
3 (Ornitología) wing bone
4 (Técnica) bobbin; reel
5 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (grifo) tap; faucet; (EEUU) [de tonel] spigot; tap
irse como una canilla (familiar) irse de canilla (familiar) to have the trots (muy_familiar)
6 [de tela] rib
7 (México)
a canilla by hook or by crook; tener canilla to be very strong
8 (Caribe) (cobardía) cowardice
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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