papel picado

papel picado(
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (decoration made with tissue paper)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. tissue paper with cut-out shapes
El papel picado se pone en los altares de muertos como representación del aire.Tissue paper with cut-out shapes is put on Day of the Dead altars to represent air.
Hay que comprar papel picado y una piñata para la fiesta.We need to buy tissue paper with cut-out shapes and a piñata for the party.
2. (torn-up pieces of paper)
a. shredded paper
Pegué el grito al cielo después de darme cuenta que el papel picado era la única copia de mi novela.I screamed to the heavens after realizing that the shredded paper was the only copy of my novel.
3. (small pieces of colored paper)
Regionalism used in Cuba
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. confetti
La novia trae el cabello lleno de papel picado.The bride's hair is full of confetti.
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