Usage note
This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in #1).
masculine noun
1. (slang) (detention center) (Spain) 
a. prison (colloquial) 
El delincuente se volvió mucho más introvertido tras pasar por el maco.The criminal became much more withdrawn after spending time in prison.
b. nick (colloquial) (United Kingdom) 
Tras pasar varios años en el maco, Manuel volvió a meterse en líos.After spending several years in the nick, Manuel got into trouble again.
2. (animal) (Dominican Republic) 
a. frog 
Hemos descubierto una especie nueva de maco.We've discovered a new species of frog.
1 (cárcel) nick (familiar); prison
2 (Mil) glasshouse
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