Today's WOTD is: "águila" = eagle
In Spanish, the noun "águila" is a feminine noun of Latin origin which means eagle.
The Spanish word “aguilucho” means eaglet.
Grammar.- The noun “águila” belongs to a group of Spanish nouns which, despite being of feminine gender, they require a masculine article “el” instead of “la” (i.e.: 'el águila'). This rule does not apply the the plural, “águilas”, nor when there is another word in between the article and the noun 'águila' (for example “la majestuosa águila real”/ “las águilas”).
Some commonly used expressions containing the words "águila" are:
- Águila agrifada (griffin/ gryphon);
- Águila americana (bald eagle);
- Águila barbuda* (bearded vulture/ lammergeier or lammergeyer);
- Águila bastarda (booted eagle);
- Águila blanca (bald eagle);
- Águila cabdal (golden eagle);
- Águila calzada (booted eagle);
- Águila calva (bald eagle);
- Águila caudal (golden eagle);
- Águila caudalosa (golden eagle);
- Águila culebrera (short-toed snake eagle);
- Águila de cabeza blanca (bald eagle);
- Águila doble (double eagle – US$20 gold coin);
- Águila imperial oriental (Eastern Imperial eagle);
- Águila imperial ibérica (Spanish Imperial eagle);
- Águila o sol (heads or tails – Mexico);
- Águila parda (short-toed snake eagle);
- Águila perdicera (Bonelli's eagle);
- Águila perdiguera (Bonelli's eagle);
- Águila pescadora (osprey);
- Águila ratera (buzzard);
- Águila ratonera (buzzard);
- Águila real (golden eagle);
- Andar a palos con el águila (to be broke);
- Media águila (half eagle – gold coin);
- Ser un águila (to be really smart/ clever);
- Ser un águila (to be a swindler/ a cheat);
- Vista de águila (sharp eyes/ eyes like a hawk)
*NB Also known by the name of “quebrantahuesos”.
Some examples of the use of the word "águila" are:
- Andamos a palos con el águila (we are broke);
- Ese tipo es un águila (that guy is really smart);
- Ese tipo es un águila (that guy is a swindler);
- Pedro tiene vista de águila (Pedro has eyes like a hawk);
Love-Spanish.com loves the word "águila" in the YouTube clip: Águila real atacando cabra montesa
For more on the word "águila", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Águila
*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “águila” in the link to hear the word pronounced.
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