Wednesday, 21 December 2011


Today's WOTD is: 'labio' = lip

In Spanish, the noun 'labio' is a masculine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is lip. The noun 'labio' is often used in its plural form, 'labios'.

 Some commonly used expressions containing the word 'labio' in them are:
  • Barra de labios (lipstick).
  • Labio leporino (cleft lip/ harelip).
  • Labios agrietados (chapped lips).
  • Labios resecos (dry/ chapped lips).
  • Labio superior (upper lip)*.
  • Lápiz de labios (lipstick).
  • Leer los labios (to lip-read).
  • Morderse los labios (to bite one's lip/ a sign of suppressed emotion?).
  • No descoser los labios (to be quiet/ not speaking).
  • No despegar los labios (to be quiet/ not speaking).
  • No salir ni una palabra de los labios de alguien (not to utter a single word).
  • Pintalabios (lipstick).
  • Sin despegar los labios (without uttering a single word).
*NB The expression 'labio superior' should not be used to describe a person described in English as having a stiff upper lip.

Examples of the use of the word 'labio' are:
  • Me gusta el color de esa barra de labios (I like the colour of that lipstick).
  • El labio leporino es un defecto congénito (cleft lip is a congenital deformity).
  • Necesito una crema para labios agrietados y resecos (I need a cream for chapped lips).
  • Lápiz de labios, el accesorio indispensable (lipstick, the must have accessory).
  • ¿No te gustaría aprender a leer los labios? (would you not like to learn lip-reading?).
  • Morderse los labios es una señal de ansiedad (biting your lip is a sign of anxiety).
  • Pedro no despegó los labios (Pedro remained silent).
  • De tus labios no salió ni una palabra (you didn't utter a single word).
  • ¿Ese pintalabios es tuyo? (is that lipstick yours?).
  • Ni despegaste los labios (you didn't utter a single word). loves the word 'labio' in the follwing YouTube clip: Maná - Labios Compartidos (Video Oficial)
For more on the word 'labio', visit: Labio
*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “labio” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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