Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Today's WOTD is: "seta" = mushroom

In Spanish, “seta” is a feminine noun of unclear origin which means mushroom.

The Spanish term “seta” refers to varieties of mushrooms in the shape of an umbrella (both edible and poisonous varieties).

It should be noted that in some parts of the Spanish speaking world, more commonly used terms to refer to mushrooms are:
  • Hongo”.- A masculine noun of Latin origin, which may refer to any variety of mushroom (both edible or poisonous).
  • Champiñon”.- A masculine noun of French origin, which means a specific variety of mushroom, most of which are edible. In some parts, this term is synonymous with edible mushrooms.

Commonly used expressions containing the words "seta" are:
  • Cabeza de seta (mushroom head*);
  • Seta venenosa (poisonous mushroom/ toadstool);
  • Seta de emergencia (emergency stop push button);

*NB Term often used to indicate a type of emergency stop button/ device.

Some examples of the use of the word "seta", "hongo"or "champiñón", are:
  • El otoño es la época de las setas ( Autumn is the season of mushrooms);
  • Hoy tenemos espaguetis con setas (today we have spaghetti with mushrooms);
  • Hoy tenemos espaguetis con hongos (today we have spaghetti with mushrooms);
  • Hoy tenemos espaguetis con champiñones (today we have spaghetti with Champignon mushrooms);
  • Hay que tener cuidado con las setas venenosas (you must be careful with poisonous mushrooms);
  • El dispositivo de parada es de tipo cabeza de seta (the emergency stop device is a the mushroom-type push button);
  • La máquina dispone de seta de emergencia (the machine is fitted with an emergency stop push button); loves the word "seta" in the YouTube clip: Recomendaciones recogida de setas

For more on the word "seta", visit: Seta

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

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