Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Pera


Today's word is: 'pera' = pear.

In Spanish, the word 'pera' is a feminine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is pear (the fruit of the pear tree - 'peral' in Spanish).

However, the noun 'pera' may also be used in Spanish to refer to:
  • A bulb (rubber suction pump)
  • An electrical switch (with a shape similar to that of a pear)
  • A goatee beard (diminutive 'perilla' often used)
  • In boxing, a punching or punch ball

Some expressions with the noun 'pera' in them are: 
  • El año de la pera ('ancient' times)
  • Pedir peras al olmo (the impossible/ a waste of time)
  • Pera de agua (dessert pear/ a very juicy variety of the fruit)
  • Poner las peras a cuarto (to give someone a right telling off)
  • Poner las peras a ocho (to give someone a right telling off)
  • Ser la pera (to be 'the limit')

Examples of the use of the word 'pera' are:
  • Estas peras están riquísimas (these pears are very nice)
  • Ese coche es del año de la pera (that car is really 'ancient')
  • Pedir a Pedro que sea puntual es como pedir peras al olmo (asking Pedro to be on time is waste of time)
  • A Manolo tuve que ponerle las peras a cuarto (I had to give Manolo a right telling off)
  • ¡Eres la pera! (you are the limit!)

Love-Spanish.com loves the word 'pera' in the YouTube clip in which Manolo Muñoz singsLa Pera Madura
 
For more on the word 'pera', visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/Pera
 
*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “pera” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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