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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (spike)
a. sharp point
El garrote tiene púas en la punta.The cudgel has sharp points on its end.
2. (botany)
a. graft
El granjero hizo un corte en el tallo de la planta e insertó una púa.The farmer made a slit in the stem of the plant and inserted a graft.
3. (animal anatomy)
a. quill
Las púas protegen al puercoespín de los predadores.The quills protect the porcupine from its predators.
b. spine
Cuando el puercoespín pierde una púa, crece otra en su lugar.When a porcupine loses a spine, a new one grows in it place.
c. prickle
Era obvio que habían maltratado al pobre erizo: le habían cortado todas las púas.It was clear the poor hedgehog had been abused - all its prickles had been cut off.
4. (of wire)
a. barb
Creo que alguien cruzó la alambrada. Hay hilos enganchados en las púas.I think somebody crossed the wire fence. There are threads stuck on the barbs.
5. (of comb)
a. tooth
Las púas de este peine son largas y finas como las de un peine de pelo afro.The teeth of this comb are long and thin like those of an afro pick.
6. (of fork)
a. prong
Tenemos que comprar cubiertos de verdad. ¡Las púas de los tenedores de plástico siempre se rompen!We need to buy real silverware. The prongs of the plastic forks always break!
7. (music)
a. pick
Puedo tocar la guitarra más rápido con los dedos que con la púa.I can play the guitar faster with my fingers than I can with the pick.
b. plectrum
¿Puedes tocar el laúd sin usar púa?Can you play the lute without using a plectrum?
8. (on a turntable)
a. needle
Necesito reemplazar la púa del tocadiscos, pero no puedo encontrar repuestos.I need to replace the needle of my turntable, but I can't find any spares.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
Regionalism used in Spain
a. peseta
No pude comprarlo porque solo tenía un par de púas.I couldn't buy it because I only had a couple of pesetas on me.
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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. (de planta)
a. thorn
2. (de erizo)
a. barb, quill
3. (de peine)
a. spine, tooth
4. (de tenedor)
a. prong
5. (music)
a. plectrum
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1 (pincho) (gen) sharp point; (Botánica) (Zoología) prickle; spine; [de erizo] quill; [de peine] tooth; [de tenedor] prong; tine; [de alambre] barb; (Latinoamérica) [de gallo de pelea] spur
2 (Música) [de guitarrista] plectrum; pick; [de tocadiscos] gramophone needle; phonograph needle; (EEUU)
3 (Botánica) graft; cutting
4 one peseta
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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