A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (botany)
a. oak
Los robles y los pinos son los árboles más comunes de la región.Oaks and pines are the most common trees in the region.
b. oak tree
Parece que el roble fue atacado por termites.The oak tree seems to have been hit by termites.
2. (material)
a. oak
¿Qué madera es mejor para la puerta, arce o roble?What type of wood is better for the door, maple or oak?
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
3. (strong person)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No sintió mi puñetazo porque es un roble.He didn't feel it when I punched him because he's as strong as an ox.
El talonador de nuestro equipo de rugby es un roble y puede correr rápido.The hooker on our rugby team is strong and can run fast.
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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. (árbol, madera)
a. oak
2. (persona)
a. strong person
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oak; oak tree
de roble oak; de roble macizo of solid oak; solid oak
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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