Friday, 9 November 2012


Today's WOTD is: "mariposa" = butterfly

In Spanish, “mariposa” is a feminine noun of Latin/ Hebrew origin which means butterfly.

Some commonly used expression with the word “mariposa” are:
  • Corbata de mariposa (bow tie/ dickie bow);
  • Efecto mariposa (butterfly effect);
  • Mariposa de la muerte (death's head hawkmoth/ black witch moth);
  • Mariposa de la seda (silkworm butterfly);
  • Tigra mariposa (Venezuelan lancehead snake);
  • Y a otra cosa, mariposa (at the end of something/ a transition to something else);

Some examples of the use of the word "mariposa" are:
  • Pedro cerró la puerta y a otra cosa mariposa (Pedro closed the door and that was it!);
  • Veo que llevas corbata de mariposa (I see you are wearing a bow tie);
  • El efecto mariposa está relacionado con la teoría del caos (the butterfly effect relates to the chaos theory);
  • Se dice que la mariposa de la muerte presagia el óbito (supposedly, the presence of black witch moth is a premonition of death);
  • El gusano de seda se convierte en mariposa de seda (the silkworm becomes a silkworm butterfly);
  • La tigra mariposa es una serpiente venenosa (the Venezuelan lancehead is a poisonous snake); loves the word "mariposa" in the YouTube clip: La Mariposa

For more on the word "mariposa", visit: Mariposa

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

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