Sunday, 9 December 2012


Today's WOTD is: "nieve" = snow

In Spanish, “nieve” is a feminine noun of Latin origin, which means snow.

A related Spanish noun is “nevera”*, which means fridge.

Related Spanish action word/ verb is “nevar” (to snow).

Some commonly used expressions with the words “nieve”are:
  • Agua de nieve (melted snow- water);
  • Agua nieve (sleet);
  • Batir las claras a punto de nieve (to beat egg whites to 'soft'/ 'foamy'/ 'stiff peaks);
  • Blancanieves (Snow White);
  • Blanco como la nieve (white as snow);
  • Bola de nieve (snowball**);
  • Cañón de nieve (snow cannon/ snowgun);
  • Capa de nieve (snow layer);
  • Copo de nieve (snow flake);
  • Ir a la nieve (to go skiing/ to winter sports);
  • Montar las claras a punto de nieve (to beat egg whites to 'soft'/ 'foamy'/ 'stiff peaks);
  • Moto de nieve (snowmobile/ snowmachine);
  • Muñeco de nieve (snowman);
  • Nieve carbónica*** (dry ice);
  • Nieve virgen (fresh/ freshly fallen snow);
  • Nieves eternas (perpetual snow);
  • Nieves perpetuas (perpetual snow);
  • Pozo de nieve* (snow well- artificial);
  • Punto de nieve ('soft'/ 'foamy'/ 'stiff peaks formed'- state of beaten egg whites);
  • Temporal de nieve (snow storm);

* NB A “pozo de nieve”, also known as “nevera” was a storage well used for keeping snow/ ice until the summer.
** NB The expression “bola de nieve” may not be used in Spanish to translate the English action word/ verb to snowball.
*** NB Also known as “hielo seco”.

Some examples of the use of the word "nieve" and related words are:
  • Bebíamos agua de nieve (we drank melted snow water);
  • Está cayendo agua nieve (sleet is falling);
  • Hay que batir las claras a punto de nieve (the egg whites have to be beaten to 'soft'/ 'foamy'/ 'stiff peaks');
  • Blancanieves y los siete enanitos (Snow White and the 7 dwarves);
  • Un vestido blanco como la nieve (a dress white as snow);
  • Vamos a hacer una bola de nieve (we are going to make a snowball);
  • Hace tiempo que no nieva y van a usar cañones de nieve (it hasn't snowed for a while, so snow cannons are going to be used);
  • Hay una capa de nieve de unos veinte centimetros de profundidad (there is a layer of snow some 20 centimetres deep);
  • Caen copos de nieve (snow flakes are falling);
  • Vamos a la nieve este fin de semana ¿no? (we are going skiing this weekend, aren't we?
  • Hay que montar las claras a punto de nieve (the egg whites have to be beaten to 'soft'/ 'foamy'/ 'stiff peaks);
  • Si no fuese por las motos de nieve estaríamos aislados casi todo el invierno (if I wasn't for the snowmobiles, we would be isolated almost all winter);
  • Vamos a hacer un muñeco de nieve (we are going to build a snowman);
  • La nieve carbónica no existe de forma natural en la Tierra (dry ice doesn't occur naturally on Earth);
  • ¿Desaparecerán las nieves eternas del Pirineo? (will the perpetual snows of the Pyrenees disappear?);
  • ¿Desaparecerán las nieves perpetuas del Pirineo? (will the perpetual snows of the Pyrenees disappear?);
  • Por la mañana esquiamos en nieve virgen (in the morning we skied on freshly fallen snow);
  • Los pozos de nieve se han usado hasta mediados del siglo XX (artificial snow wells have been in use until the middle of the 20th century);
  • Se espera un temporal de nieve para mañana (a snow storm is expected for tomorrow) loves the word "nieve" in the YouTube clip: como nieva cancion

For more on the word "nieve", visit: Nieve*

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

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