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papa
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Usage note
This word is often capitalized in the sense shown in the masculine noun.
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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. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. potato
Hoy para comer tenemos papas rellenas con frijoles fritos.Today we are eating stuffed potatoes with refried beans.
2. (vegetable)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. potato
Mi tío plantó dos terrenos de papas para la cosecha de este año.My uncle sowed two lots of potatoes for this year's harvest.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(lie)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. fib
Dime dónde estuviste ayer y no me cuentes otra papa.Tell me where were you yesterday and don't tell me another fib.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (religious)
a. pope
El Papa Francisco es uno de los papas más liberales en la historia de la Iglesia católica.Pope Francis is one of the most liberal Popes in the history of the Catholic Church.
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papa
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. potato
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
2. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
no saber ni papanot to have a clue
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papa
(Religión) pope
papa negro black pope General of the Jesuits; (General of the Jesuits)
papa
1 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (patata) potato
cuando las papas queman (S. Cone) when things hot up
echar las papas (España) to throw up (familiar)
ni papa
no entiendo ni papa I don't understand a word; no oyó ni papa he didn't hear a thing; no sabe ni papa he hasn't got a clue
papas a lo pobre La era ya no es lo que era; pero los cortijeros no le han perdido el punto a las [papas a lo pobre] con pimientos y chorizo y huevos fritos.
papa dulce sweet potato
papas colchas (Centroamérica) crisps; potato chips; (EEUU)
papas fritas chips; French fries; (EEUU)
2 (México) (mentira) fib (familiar)
3 (S. Cone) (golpe) bash (familiar)
4 (Caribe) (trabajo fácil) soft job (familiar)
5 (México) (sopa) porridge; gruel; (S. Cone) (de bebé) baby food
papa
adjective
(S. Cone) jolly good (familiar); first-rate
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