Friday, 21 December 2012


Today's word is: Pavo
Image source: Google images
Clase: sustantivo (noun)
Género: masculino (masculine)
Origen: latín (Latin)

In Spanish, “pavo” is a masculine noun of Latin origin, which means a male turkey. The noun “pava” is used to refer to a female turkey.

In Spain, the noun “pavo” was a commonly used slang term to refer to a a five peseta coin.

In Spanish, the words “pavo”/ “pava” may be used as describing words, meaning dummy/ dope.

Some commonly used expressions with the words “pavo”are:
  • Comer pavo (to be a wallflower- colloquially);
  • Edad del pavo (teenage/ an awkward age);
  • No es moco de pavo (something which is of more substance than might appear/ is not as easy as it would appear/ there is more to it than meets the eye);
  • Pavo real (peacock);
  • Pelar la pava (to bill and coo);
  • Subírsele a alguien el pavo (to blush);
  • Ufano como un pavo real (proud as a peacock);
  • Ufano cual pavo real (proud as a peacock);

Some examples of the use of the word "pavo" are:
  • En aquel baile a Rosita le tocó comer pavo (at that dance, Rosita was a wallflower);
  • Ese muchacho está en la edad del pavo (that boy is at that awkward age/ is a teenager);
  • Correr un maratón no es moco de pavo (there is more to running a marathon than meets the eye/ is no mean feat);
  • El pavo real tiene un plumaje muy colorido (the peacock has very colourful plumage);
  • Esos están pelando la pava (those guys are billing and cooing);
  • Se te sube el pavo (you are blushing);
  • Le ha salido todo bien está ufano cual pavo real (it has all gone very well for him so he is as proud as a peacock);

Practice listening to and using the word "pavo" with the YouTube clip: El Pavo y la Pava - Canciones Infantiles

For more on the word "pavo", visit: Pavo*

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

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