Sunday, 24 July 2011

Judías

La palabra de hoy es: 'judía'.

The Spanish noun, 'judía' has two main meanings:
  1. As a feminine noun of unclear origin, the noun 'judías' is one of the names given in Spanish to beans and especially green beans. In many parts of Latin América, a more commonly used word for beans is 'fríjoles'.
  2. The nouns 'judía' and 'judío', of Latin origin, mean a Jewish person, i.e. a Jewess/ Jew (female and male respectively). As an adjective, 'judía' is the feminine form ('judío' being its masculine form) of the adjective which describes someone or something as being Jewish. The masculine form ('judío') is used to refer to someone as being tightfisted (colloquially).

An example of the use of the noun 'judías' is:
  • Las judías con chorizo están muy ricas (green beans with chorizo are very tasty)

Love-Spanish.com loves the word 'judías' in the YouTube clip telling the taleLas Judías Mágicas (Cuentos Clásicos)
 
 
For more on the word 'judías', visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Judía
 
*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “judía” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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