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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. (weaponry)
a. gunpowder
Los cañones no podían disparar porque la pólvora se había mojado.The cannons were rendered useless because the gunpowder got wet.
2. (pyrotechny)
a. fireworks
Mis hijos compraron pólvora para tirar en Año Nuevo.My children bought fireworks to light on New Year's Eve.
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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. (sustancia explosiva)
a. gunpowder
correr como la pólvorato spread like wildfire
2. (colloquial)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
no ha inventado la pólvorahe's not the most intelligent person in the world
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1 (explosivo) gunpowder
no ha descubierto o inventado la pólvora it's not as if he's done anything amazingly original
gastar la pólvora en salvas (desperdiciar) to waste time and energy; (hacer gestos inútiles) to make empty gestures; (hacer aspavientos) to make a great song and dance
levantar pólvora to create o make a stir
oler a pólvora to smell fishy (familiar)
propagarse como la pólvora to spread like wildfire
pólvora de algodón guncotton
2 (fuegos artificiales) fireworks
; (p)
3 (mal genio) bad temper; crossness
4 (viveza) life; liveliness
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