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);
Love-Spanish.com loves the word "paloma" in the YouTube clip: Julio Iglesias & Nana Mouskouri - La Paloma
For more on the word "paloma", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Paloma
*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “paloma” in the link to hear the word pronounced.
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