la culebra
-the snake
See the entry for culebra.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (animal)
a. snake
La culebra estaba escondida en la hierba.The snake was hidden in the grass.
2. (money owed)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. debt
Ese todavía tiene culebra conmigo y estoy harto de esperar.That guy still has an outstanding debt with me and I'm tired of waiting.
3. (disorder)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No podía dormirme con la culebra que hacía la gente por la calle después del partido.I couldn't sleep with the disturbance people were making out in the street after the game.
Unos alumnos entraron en la reunión de profesores y empezaron a hacer una culebra.Some students came into the meeting and began making a commotion.
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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. (general)
a. snake
culebra de aguagrass snake
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1 (Zoología) snake
hacer culebra to zigzag
culebra de anteojos cobra
culebra de cascabel rattlesnake; rattler (familiar); (EEUU)
2 (Mecánica) worm of a still; (of a still)
3 (alboroto) disturbance; disorder
4 (And) (cuenta) debt; bill
5 (México) (manguera) hosepipe
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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