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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. (ball of yarn)
a. skein
El gato deshizo la madeja de lana empujándola por toda la casa.The cat undid the skein of wool pushing it all over the house.
b. hank
Compré varias madejas de hilo para tejer un suéter.I bought several hanks of yarn to knit a sweater.
2. (messy hair)
a. mop
Cuando era joven tenía una buena madeja de pelo, pero ahora lo tengo muy fino.I used to have a mop of hair, but now it's very thin.
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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. hank, skein
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[de lana] skein; hank; [de pelo] tangle; mop
una madeja de nervios a bundle of nerves
desenredar la madeja de algo to get to the bottom of sth
tratan de desenredar la madeja de lo que sucedió La Policía no ha logrado desenredar toda la madeja que envuelve a la red de inmigración ilegal
se está enredando la madeja the plot thickens; things are getting complicated
tirar de la madeja to put two and two together
eso permitió a los inspectores de la Policía tirar de la madeja y aprehender al resto de la banda
(persona) layabout; idler
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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