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Glossary of Spanish words from Allende's Zorro

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párpado
eyelid
inanición
starvation
dar con
find
descomunal
enormous
ponzoña
poison, toxin, venom
capotado
frowning, hooded
manada
herd
liebre
hare
venado
deer
arañazo
scratch
riachuelo
brook, stream
travieso
mischief
acaparar
to monopolize
pasmoso
astonishing
juegetón
playful
pisotear
to trample; degrade; humiliate
cepa
stock, breeding
cincelado
chiseled
tez
complexion
facción
feature
presunción
presumption, presupposition
vanity
boasting
villorrio
small miserable village
escarabajo
beetle
molido
crushed, ground
varilla
rod, stick
la ingle
groin
despabilarse
to wake up
marear
to be made sick
alforza
pleat, tuck
desalmado/a
heartless
atropellar
to run over over or into (with a car); to abuse; to rape (L.Am.)
tantear
to test, size up
hediondo/a
stinking
enjuagar
to rinse
hocico
muzzle, snout
chiquero
pigsty
tiritar
to shiver
charco
puddle
retroceder
to back down, retreat
porquería
filth
gimotear
to whine, wimper
amarrar
to tie up
izar
to raise, hoist
peladura
plucked area, decortication
encoger
to shrink
fiero
wild animal
bambolearse
to sway, wobble
compinche
crony
tarascón
big bite
rebuznar
to bray like a donkey
libraco
old worm-eaten book
balbucear
to babble
abalanzarse
to rush impetuously
ahorcar
to kill by hanging
capataz
overseer, superintendant
vislumbrar
to make out, discern
más encima
on top of that, moreover
adulador
flatterer
ruin
contemptible, mean
ajeno
of others
etapa
stage
umbral
threshold
perentorio
preemptory, absolute
cachorro
puppy
torpe
clumsy, dim-witted
ansia
longing,yearning
covacha
small cave, underground hollow, burrow
frenar
to brake
el tarambana
giddy, madcap person
torbellino
whirlwind, cyclone
disparatado
absurd, illogical, crazy
resultar
to end up
doblegar
to bend, cause to give in
lacear
to pin or drive game
hembra
female
carcajada
guffaws, raucous laughter
cebo
bait, lure
barrabasada
mischief
potro
colt
matón
bully
destreza
skill
señuelo
lure, decoy
crío/a
kid, cub
los mocos
snot, mucus
embudo
funnel
óxido
rust
lejía
bleach
jarabe
syrup
muñón
stump
remendar
to mend
amortajar
to shroud
venda
bandage
piojo
louse
tarro
jar; pot (of clay or glass)
sotana
cassock
zanjar
put an end to; resolve; settle
atropello
abuse
sarao
evening party; soiree
cruento/a
bloody
obsequio
present, gift
altivo
haughty, arrogant
médula
marrow
empacar
pack
atajar
to take a shortcut; put a stop to
ajuar
trousseau
trenza
lock of hair
guiño
wink
adalantarse
get ahead of oneself
apuesto
dashing
mozalbete
beardless youth
cabal
honest, just, exact (applied to weights and measures)
soso/a
lacking in salt;
bland, tasteless, insipid
carecer
to lack
animarse hacer algo
to finally decide to do something
puesto que
as, since
desgraciado
unhappy, unfortunate
infundado
unfounded
descuidar
to neglect
afán
desire, aim
zeal
trazo
line (of a letter or drawing)
estar harto de
to be fed up with
mojigato/a
prudish
a prude
desenfadado
relaxed; easy
babor
port; left side of a ship
estribor
starboard; right side of a ship
goleta
schooner
tripulante
crew member
turno
shift; rotation
quisquilloso/a
persnickety; touchy; picky
avezado
experienced, seasoned, skilled, hardened
respaldar
support, back
deterioro
deterioration
votante
voter
veredicto
verdict
renuncia
waiver
dispensa
waiver
oleada
wave
comicios
elections
dilapidar
squander
política de endurecimiento
get-tough policy
cabecear
to shake one's head, nod off
estremecer
to shake
parlamentar
to negotiate
tieso
stiff, erect, haughty
pasto
grazing land, pasture
blando/a
soft
bufar
to snort
estornudar
to sneeze
repisa
mantle over a fireplace
arrugar
to crumple; crease; wrinkle
abastecimiento
supply, supplying
monticulo
hillock
botín
plunder, loot, booty
centellear
to flash, sparkle, twinkle, gleam
puñalada
stab wound
gusano
worm
de modo que
so
halagar
to flatter
rizar
to curl
desliz
slip
brío
verve, spirt
visera
visor of a helmet; sun-visor of a car
repentino
sudden
sitio
siege
trampa
trap
casco
helmet
socorro
help
negrura
blackness
murciélago
bat (animal)
chillar
to scream; screech; squeal; shout; yell
ahorgar
drown; suffocate
lagartija
small lizard
trepar
to climb
penosamente
laboriously
muralla
wall
cañada
glen or dale between mountains
blancura
whiteness
hechizo
spell, magic, charm
emprender
to start
media vuelta
about-face, turnaround
cantero
stonecutter
irisado/a
rainbow-hued
titlar
to flicker
inclinarse
to lean
montón
pile, heap
curtido/a
tanned (a leather)
(skin) weatherbeaten, leathery
proeza
exploit,feat, achievement
alero
eaves (of a house, roof)
cabeza abajo
upside-down
sujeto/a
fastened, connected, held by
desalentar
to discourage
procurar
to try to do something
procurarse
to get; obtain
procurar que
to make sure that
escoba
broom
hacer cabriolas
to prance about
trapecista
trapeze artist
mástil
mast (of a ship); pole
abrazar
to hug; embrace
abrazarse
to hug one another
mandoble
two-handed blow (with a sword)
resplandor
brightness, glow, gleam
arriero
muleteer
golosina
sweet tidbit, delicacy
café descafeinado
decaffeinated coffee
deshidratación
dehydration
hoyo
hole, pit
la faz
face, countenance (human or figuratively)
chivo expiatorio
scapegoat
bondadoso/a
kind, generous, beautiful
conejera
rabbit warren
desamparado
helpless, forsaken, desolate, abandoned
hatillo
bundle of clothes
trapo
rag, cloth
cansancio
tiredness, fatigue
trago
mouthful
rudo
rough, rude, coarse
arca
chest (furniture)
gallardía
poise, bravery
carga
cargo, load, burden, freight
la vigía
lookout
escenario
setting, scene
lomo
spine
de bruces
face down
así que
so
trotar
to trot (horse), dash, run around
tintinero
jingling, tinkling
panceta
bacon
alboroto
fuss, ado, din, uproar
alcachofa
artichoke
humareda
cloud of smoke
cisne
swan
homologar
homogenize, merge
olla podrida
melting pot
rechazo
disapproval, rejection
presupuesto
estimate, budget
merienda
tea, afternoon brunch
mirtilo
blueberry
inagotable
inexhaustible
mora
blackberry
rareza
rarity, eccentricity
bullicioso/a
noisy, bustling
hiedra
ivy
mata
bush, shrub
zozobrar
1. to capsize; to be shipwrecked
2. to fall through
plátano
banana
argolla
ring
cautela
caution
cota de malla
coat of mail

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