In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(not easily understood)(meaning) oscuro(meaning) poco claro(reference/message) crípticofor some obscure reason — por alguna extraña razón
- So much the better if you have a cache of slightly obscure references that you can dispense, especially if these bear only tangential relationship to what you are discussing.
- According to the notes I've been sent, there seems to be a need to cut or alter all sorts of obscure references to German politicians and places because the audience here won't get them.
- This section is disjointed, much is left unexplained, and Brooks uses many obscure local references.
- Characters are represented here, offering a narrative which is obscure and clearly personal to the artist.
- Still, this is a Frank Black album, with its obscure references and abstruse lyrics.
- One of my favourite moments of the week is taking out the obscure Canadian reference and replacing it with an obscure American or British reference.
- Could Mann's love of obscure references and epic sweep have prompted such hostile treatment?
- Individualistic and even idiosyncratic as Badri's style can be, no viewer can complain that his paintings are obscure or difficult to understand.
- In fact you appear to have to be very advanced in magical theory in order to understand most of the obscure written references about it.
- Phases that may seem like obscure references to people, animals or those things around us often have a very deep and profound meaning.
- If you survive his maze of dense wordplay and obscure references, you will probably not find anything too terribly profound, but you'll still be smarter.
- Also, whether or not it's a specific form, do you happen to know a good site or book with reference to more obscure poetry forms?
- Pondering the wisdom of basing a key joke on an obscure music reference that most people won't understand, I wander back downstairs to the lounge.
- With that in mind, which of the following obscure, graduate-level references does Mead not use in the article?
- His use of obscure jargon underscored the urgent need for secrecy and discretion.
- With his artisan/architect demeanour most would expect more obscure references; more mystery, metaphor, or magic dust.
- Taylor's one of those crazy people with a humanities minor and is always making obscure references that I don't get.
- Sometimes the lyrics are obscure and difficult to understand, but stick with them as they are always worth it.
- If the communication gap is too wide, the message is too obscure for people to understand.
- Oblique culinary references and obscure terms go against the grain of the present climate in the culinary world.
2(vague)(impression/memory/feeling) confuso(memory/impression/feeling) vago
- In the voice, words are flooded with soulful intentionality; the soul emerges briefly from the obscure corporeal dark and is suddenly there.
- Most of these people are scared stiff of entering the political arena on their own but eager to do so hidden under some obscure umbrella.
- Yet while Fassbinder remains a signal figure for those who recall his '70s heyday, to a new generation he's something of an obscure shadow from the past.
- In doing so, it reflects the manner in which Kafka himself has gradually become indistinguishable from the obscure fascination at the heart of his writings.
- Tilting my head to the side, I felt the smooth cotton of his shirt on my cheek, just as I had Ryan's, and found my eyes drawn back into the obscure depths of his dark eyes.
- It's to Professor McWorter's credit that he developed the right idea from a vague representation of an obscure intuition.
3(little known)(writer/journal) oscuro(writer/journal) poco conocido(island/town) recóndito(island/town) perdidohe died an obscure death — murió en la oscuridad
- I tend to forget some obscure titles on albums I rarely play.
- Speaking of obscure Australian actors, Andy sent me an email.
- He has a way of giving to some obscure magical belief or religious custom a sort of gripping immediacy.
- Is there a post-graduate degree course in obscure extremist political or religious sects?
- The fear in itself invoked age-old mythologies about the end of the world and gave religious cults the chance to enact rituals based on obscure prophecies.
- That kind of data may seem obscure and unimportant, but it's a useful tool for researchers and insurance companies wanting to know long-term hurricane trends.
- Like a Byzantine chant, an obscure collection of religious doctrines - brands - stands poised to take over employee larynges and employee minds.
- You could become a flagellant in some obscure religious sect.
- Disillusioned and sickened, Balashov achieves salvation by joining the Skoptsy, an obscure religious sect that existed until only a few decades ago.
- An obscure religious sect, the Raelians, has allegedly taken this step toward the eugenic future.
- Litigants and witnesses remain practically anonymous - obscure names without faces or detailed personal histories.
- A set of trimmer figures and new tattoos show a band that's been sharpened by extended tours of an obscure but adoring and importantly, swelling international circuit.
- He heard about Bob from a patient who wore a unique gold design on a neck chain, one that Lovejoy recognized as a combination of two obscure religious symbols.
- But somehow, in the process of cultural production, some obscure, unnoticed, maybe even unconscious revolution took place.
- They have not hint of ‘an obscure self that is forgotten underneath’.
- However, in the following sections, we see that a minor slight of the American religious right by an obscure professor has provoked an event of international outrage.
- As a reporter for a major magazine she intended to write about what would no doubt be an odd, perhaps even bizarre practice by an obscure religious sect.
- To reach a younger demographic, Jensen and his ilk are eschewing mainstream acts and building brand identity with cutting-edge, forgotten, and obscure music.
- I have this uncanny ability to recognise some of the most obscure actors.
- The body of work includes recent acquisitions and both well known and more obscure works from the gallery.
1(conceal)(sun/beauty/object) ocultar(sky) oscurecerher view of the stage was obscured by the man in front — el hombre que tenía delante le impedía ver todo el escenario
- he was suddenly obscured from sight — de repente quedó oculto a la vista
- The sun had been long since covered by the mass of clouds that obscured the grey sky when the new recruitment returned upon a chestnut mare with a large backpack upon his shoulders.
- Crackling clouds of ice obscured the floor and vast red-gold icefalls blocked the only exit.
- I feel panic rising in the back of my throat, urgency illuminating my cerebral cortex, and a dark cloud of bewilderment obscuring my vision.
- Early on in this deployment I walked past a sports field and noticed a cloud of dust obscuring the far end.
- A cloud of fog obscures the tunnel mouth they are about to plunge into and, because the track is tilted, it is also hard to see how the vehicle will be guided.
- Lake Taupo looked windswept and the volcanoes were obscured by low grey cloud.
- The sky was 93.5% covered in cloud and light textured cloud or haze obscured the sun.
- The sun was obscured by high, grey cloud, its disc appearing at once flat and lifeless.
- Hundreds of stargazers had travelled as far north as Orkney and Shetland to witness the spectacular celestial event, but most were thwarted by clouds which obscured the rare phenomenon.
- Clouds obscured the sun, making the tent seem dark.
- The sun was almost entirely obscured by the heavy clouds, and tiny raindrops descended on the ground, the cold wind causing the rain to be icy.
- A cloud of dust obscured the battlefield from view and Vegito was forced to cover his eyes.
- The clouds billowed up out of nowhere and obscured the sun within seconds.
- Even the half-moon is obscured behind heavy gray cloud.
- It was daylight, slightly cold and the sky was filled with clouds, partially obscuring the sun.
- Thick, grey, rain-laden clouds obscure the warm morning sun, casting a certain dreariness upon the land of Myrmar below.
- They all scattered when the demon that they thought to be their father took flight, obscuring the sun and casting a chill shadow upon the sky and his subjects that dwelt there.
- In fact, it is so covered with clouds that they completely obscure its surface.
- Subtle surface markings and polar ice caps that would become prominent as there is no dust cloud obscuring the view.
- Dense black clouds were already obscuring the 15,000-foot peaks that loomed around us.
2(make unclear, cover up)he's just trying to obscure the issue — lo que quiere es confundir
- the report obscures the fact that the experiment failed — el informe intenta minimizar el hecho de que el experimento fracasó
- these irrelevant details obscure the central problem — estos detalles superfluos impiden ver claramente el problema central
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