Friday, 6 July 2012


Today's WOTD is: "siega" = reaping

In Spanish, the noun "siega" is a feminine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is reaping. The noun “siega” is also often used to refer to the actions of cutting, mowing, harvesting or the harvest time/ season.

Related Spanish describing words/ adjectives are “segador”/ “segadora”*, which mean reaper**/ harvester.

*NB Please note that these are also commonly used as nouns, i.e.: “el segador” or “la segadora”.
**NB Please note that the term “segador” is not commonly used to translate into Spanish the English expression “the Grim Reaper”, better known in Spanish as “la Parca” or simply “la Muerte”.

A related action word/ verb is “segar”, the meaning of which is to reap/ to cut off/ to mow/ to harvest.

Some commonly used expressions containing the words "siega", segador”/ “segadora” or “segar” are:
  • Segadora trilladora (combine harvester);
  • Vida segada (life cut short);

Some examples of the use of the word "siega" or related words are:
  • Se vende segadora trilladora (combine harvester for sale);
  • Lo que se siembra se siega (you reap what you sow - proverb);
  • Una vida segada en la plenitud (a life cut short in its prime); loves the word "siega" in the YouTube clip: Tiempo de la Siega - Leonardo Ferrer

For more on the word "siega", visit: Siega

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