la zanja
-the ditch
See the entry for zanja.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (gutter)
a. ditch
La inundación arrastró su carro hasta una zanja de desagüe al lado de la carretera.The floods pushed his car into a drainage ditch on the side of the road.
2. (channel)
a. trench
Tuvieron que excavar una zanja en mi jardín para instalar la tubería de gas natural.They had to excavate a trench in my yard to install natural gas pipes.
3. (geography)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. gully
La erosión creó una zanja profunda en la ladera.Erosion created a deep gully in the hillside.
b. watercourse
Sigue la zanja hasta que encuentres el río.Follow the watercourse until you find the river.
4. (low wall) (Andes)
a. fence
Las ovejas saltaron la zanja y se escaparon.The sheep jumped the fence and escaped.
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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. ditch
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
1 (fosa) ditch; (hoyo) pit; (tumba) grave
abrir las zanjas (Archit) to lay the foundations;de for;
2 (Latinoamérica) (barranco) gully; watercourse
3 (And) (límite) fence; low wall
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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