Sunday, 26 August 2012


Today's WOTD is: "oveja" = sheep

In Spanish, the noun "oveja" is a feminine noun of Latin origin which means sheep. The Spanish noun “oveja” also means ewe. The masculine noun “carnero” refers to the male animal and means ram.

A Spanish word often associated with “oveja” is “redil”, which means pen or fold.

For more on the word “oveja”, visit WOTD "cordero"

Grammar.- Please note that, unlike its English counterpart, which is both singular and plural, the Spanish noun 'oveja' has a normal plural, 'ovejas'.

Some commonly used expressions containing the words "oveja" and “redil” are:
  • Cada oveja con su pareja (birds of a feather flock together);
  • Encomendar las ovejas al lobo (to put the wolf in charge of protecting the sheep);
  • Oveja descarriada (lost sheep);
  • Oveja negra (black sheep);
  • Un rebaño (de ovejas) (a flock of sheep);
  • Volver al redil (to return to the fold);

Some examples of the use of the word "oveja" are:
  • Lo que vas a hacer es como encomendar las ovejas al lobo (what you are going to do is like putting the wolf in charge of protecting the sheep);
  • Pedro es la oveja negra de la familia (Pedro is the black sheep of the family);
  • La batalla de Don Quijote contra un rebaño de ovejas (Don Quixote's battle with a flock of sheep);
  • La oveja descarriada vuelve al redil (the lost sheep returns to the fold); loves the word "oveja" in the YouTube clip: El pastor y la oveja desobediente

For more on the word "oveja", visit: Oveja

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “oveja” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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