mota
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mota(
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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. (particle)
a. speck
La manchita negra en la pantalla de la computadora era solo una mota de polvo.The little black spot on the computer screen was just a speck of dirt.
b. tiny bit
Una mota de arena entró a la ostra y se formó una perla.A tiny bit of sand got trapped in the oyster and a pearl was formed.
c. dot
Hay que limpiar la mota de pintura en el piso con un disolvente químico.You have to remove the dot of paint on the floor with a chemical stripper.
2. (geography)
a. hillock
La casa fue construida en la mota para evitar que se inunde.The house was built on the hillock to avoid flooding.
3.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(marijuana)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. pot
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Creo mis vecinos tienen mota en su jardín.I think my neighbors have pot in their garden.
b. weed
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Mi cuñado quiere hacer galletas con mota.My brother-in-law wants to bake cookies with weed in them.
c. grass
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
La policía encontró coca y una bolsa de mota en su carro.The police found coke and a bag of grass in his car.
4. (colored mark)
a. dot
Me gustan las motas blancas del vestido azul.I like the white dots on the blue dress.
b. spot
Ese pulóver marrón con motas negras te hace parecer un leopardo.You look like a leopard wearing that brown pullover with black spots.
c. fleck
Las motas de sus calcetines verdes son rosas.The flecks on her green socks are pink.
5. (make-up) (Andes)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. powder puff
Sarah se pintó los labios y se puso polvo de tocador con su mota.Sarah put on lipstick and applied face powder with her powder puff.
6. (anatomy)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. lock of curly hair
Alicia se peinó la mota suelta detrás de la oreja para ponerse los anteojos.Alicia tucked a stray lock of curly hair behind her ear to put on her glasses.
b. tight curl
Con un dedo hizo una mota con el cabello que tenía en la cara.She used her finger to twist the hair on her face into a tight curl.
7. (tiny ball of wool) (Andes)
a. bobble
Estuve una hora sacando las motas del cárdigan.I spent an hour removing the bobbles from my cardigan.
b. burl
La bufanda no tiene motas porque es de buena calidad.There are no burls on the scarf because it is good quality.
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mota
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (de polvo)
a. speck
2. (en una tela)
a. dot
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mota
1 (partícula) speck; tiny bit
mota de polvo speck of dust; mota de carbonilla smut; speck of coal dust
ver la mota en el ojo ajeno to see the mote in sb else's eye
2 (dibujo) dot
una mariposa blanca con motas azules a white butterfly speckled with blue; a motas [+dibujo] dotted
3 (en tela) (nudillo) burl; (jaspeado) fleck
4 (defecto) fault; blemish
5
no hace (ni) mota de aire there isn't a breath of air
6 (Geografía) hillock
7 (mojón) boundary mark; (césped) turf; clod used to block off irrigation channel; (used to block off irrigation channel)
8 (Latinoamérica) (pelo) lock of wavy hair
9 (And) (Caribe) (México) (borla) powder puff
10 (Latinoamérica) (lana) tuft of wool; (of wool)
11 (Latinoamérica) (planta) marijuana plant; (droga) grass (familiar); pot (muy_familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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