mata(
mah
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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. (shrubbery)
a. bush
Hay que regar las matas en el patio delantero.The bushes in the front yard need watering.
b. shrub
Hay muchos animales que viven entre las matas de café.Many animals live among the coffee shrubs.
2. (vegetation)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. plant
Elena tiene todo tipo de matas en el jardín.Elena has all sorts of plants in her garden.
3. (cluster of plants or trees)
a. tuft
El terreno estaba lleno de matas de hierba.The field was full of tufts of grass.
b. thicket
Encontraron un avión oculto en la mata que rodea el poblado.They found a plane hidden in the thicket surrounding the town.
c. clump
Hay una mata de algas oscuras en el fondo de la pecera.There's a clump of dark algae at the bottom of the fish tank.
d. grove
Desde mi ventana se ve una mata de olivos.You can see an olive grove from my window.
4. (spray)
a. sprig
Puedes agregarle una mata de albahaca a la salsa para darle más sabor.You can add a sprig of basil to the sauce to give it more flavor.
5. (sprout)
a. shoot
Planté unas matas de habas en la huerta.I planted some fava bean sprouts in the vegetable garden.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(hair)
a. mop
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Hombre, necesitas hacer algo con esa mata de pelo!Man, you need to do something with that mop of hair!
b. mane
Una mata de pelo negro le cubría la cara.A mane of black hair covered her face.
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mata
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (arbusto)
a. bush, shrub
2. (matojo)
a. tuft
matasscrub
3. (de pelo)
a. mop (of hair)
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mata
1 (arbusto) bush; shrub; especialmente (Latinoamérica) (planta) plant; (en tiesto) potted plant
a salto de mata
mata de coco (Caribe) coconut palm
mata de plátano (Caribe) banana tree
mata rubia kermes oak
2 (ramita) sprig; (manojo) tuft; (raíz) clump; (ramo) bunch
3 matas (matorral) thicket
singular
; (s)
scrub
singular
; (s)
bushes
4 (Agr) (terreno) field; plot; (And) (huerto) orchard
5 (Latinoamérica) (arboleda) clump; grove; (bosque) forest
mata de bananos banana plantation
6
mata de pelo mop of hair
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Phrases with "mata"
Here are the most popular phrases with "mata." Click the phrases to see the full entry.
fumar mata
smoking kills
el machismo mata
male chauvinism kills
la envidia mata
envy kills
el cazador mata el animal
the hunter kills the animal
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