Thursday, 4 October 2012


Today's WOTD is: "paloma" = pigeon/ dove

In Spanish, the noun "paloma" is a feminine noun of Latin origin which means pigeon*/ dove. In Spanish, the male bird is a “palomo”.

*NB In culinary terms, the Spanihs word “pichón” refers to the English term, pigeon.

In some parts of the Spanish-speaking world, the word “paloma” and the diminutive “palomita” are also used as terms of endearment, which could translate the English term darling.

Related Spanish terms are:
  • colombófilo” meaning pigeon fancier/ pigeon breeder.
  • palomar” meaning dovecot/ pigeon loft.

Some commonly used expressions containing the words "paloma" are:
  • Paloma brava (rock dove);
  • Paloma de la paz (dove of peace);
  • Paloma mensajera (homing pigeon/ carrier pigeon);
  • Paloma silvestre (rock dove);
  • Paloma torcaz (wood pigeon/ ring dove);
  • Paloma zorita (rock pigeon);

A couple of examples of the use of the word "paloma" are:
  • Las palomas son el ala blanda del partido (the doves are the soft/ liberal wing of the party);
  • Un colombófilo está enamorado de sus palomas (a pigeon fancier/ breeder loves his pigeons); loves the word "paloma" in the YouTube clip: Julio Iglesias & Nana Mouskouri - La Paloma

For more on the word "paloma", visit: Paloma

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

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