In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1picotearpicarthe bird pecked my hand or pecked me on the hand — el pájaro me picoteó / me picó / me dio un picotazo en la mano
- A bird pecking for food a few steps ahead of me sensed my approach and flew off the ground and disappeared into the woods.
- The bird waited below, pecking furiously at its own neck.
- Birds sang more clearly now, and woodpeckers pecked with more zest than they had heard the night before.
- Mrs Wheeler said she thought the noise made by the burglars was the bad weather or birds pecking on the roof.
- The hens also have helped control scorpions - they peck off the stinger and then work on the rest.
- Outside Pittsburgh he'd found her flowered hat floating in a pond, half pecked apart by birds.
- People stuck outside were getting pecked by thousands of birds at a time.
- The chickens are pecking, the cows are mooing, and the pigs are, well, eating slop.
- It started at age five when I got pecked on the head by an emu.
- I got quite used to tiny black Tussock birds pecking matter-of-factly at my shoes.
- Its strong, sharp beak pecked sharply at Wayne's exposed forearm.
- The woodpecker was pecking away at some stupid tree.
- Almost all of his grass has been pecked up by birds in search of a tasty meal.
- Farmers trim from a third to a half of the beaks off chickens, turkeys, and ducks to cut losses from poultry pecking each other.
- The rooster and hens came squawking and pecking around his feet.
- Subdued chickens peck around the dirt for any trace of discarded food.
- At first it was thought Pebbles had been pecked by a bird or had been fighting with another cat.
- The cassowary pecks the ground, gobbling fat worms with quick chops of its beak.
- A small, red chicken was pecking around in the grass, near the fence.
- Chickens were pecking in a small yard and pigs were rolling in a mud swamp.
1picarpicotearto peck at sth — (nibble) picar algo
- eat properly, don't peck! — ¡come bien, no picotees!
- she had barely pecked at her food — apenas había tocado la comida
- I was determined not to spend the rest of my life as ‘Fatty the gargantuan’ and so I just pecked at my food, ignoring my rebellious stomach, which was screaming for food like an overweight baby.
- These dishes were small and neatly packaged, and before long, I found myself pecking at my food in an appraising, sensitive way, and nibbling in tiny little bites.
- She made a pretence of pecking at her food, then excused herself and retreated to her rooms.
1(of bird)picotazo masculino
- Ace, not liking his perch to have been taken, came down and gave a sharp peck on Jerome's hand.
- Arrow flipped under her and gave her a quick peck underneath her beak.
- Patience finally paid off as one hopped slowly, slowly towards me and I felt the peck of a tiny beak in my hand.
- Ratios of pecks per pace were calculated to estimate foraging rate at the time and place of observation.
- Nestlings use this beak hook in lunging pecks and bites to the backs and heads of their siblings that result in scratches, bruises, and skin lesions.
- Peck rates were recorded by counting the number of pecks during a period of continuous head-down posture, which was timed with a stopwatch.
- Such injuries may be caused by bird pecks, insect damage, mechanical abrasion, or by tightly compressed berries which burst when the vine takes up water after rainfall.
- The mother bird started to peck at me, but I dodged all the pecks and hit her beak with my mace.
2(kiss)beso masculinoshe gave me a peck on the cheek — me dio un beso / me besó en la mejilla
- I gave him a peck on the lips and went back downstairs.
- Devon gave me a quick peck on the lips and stroked my hair.
- He embraced her, as she gave him a peck on the lips.
- She didn't know if she was expecting a hug, a peck on the cheek or a kiss.
- She greeted Alex with a quick peck on both cheeks, then immediately turned her gaze to Evan.
- It wasn't even a kiss to her, maybe just a peck on the cheek, but that was all.
- She stepped towards him and gave him a quick peck on the lips.
- He was changing a light bulb and she gave him a peck on the cheek, and he was in shock.
- James dropped a quick peck onto his mother's cheek and slid onto a bar stool where bacon and eggs awaited him.
- Lola dotes on him hand and foot, trying to rekindle his emotions, but earns only a perfunctory peck on the cheek at best.
- Without even a peck, Julio turns away down the thick stone steps and runs.
- I didn't want a peck on the cheek to be my goodnight kiss.
- He says ‘Goodbye, dear’ and gives her a peck on the cheek at their door.
- She wanted to kiss him, even a gentle peck on the cheek, but she didn't think that it would be appropriate.
- Cordially, he gave Megan a peck on the cheek and Kayla a quick kiss across the lips.
- What had started out as an innocent peck suddenly turned into something more.
- Not just a peck on the cheek, a really passionate kiss.
- Jason shared an intimate embrace and a self-conscious peck with Antoine.
- He gave her a light peck on the cheek and then returned to his own room.
- We said goodbye and he gave me a peck on the cheek.
1(measure)picotín masculinoa peck of trouble — un buen lío
- If you don't know your bushel from your peck take a look.
- America is now the last major power to retain feet and gallons and bushels and pecks.
English has borrowed many of the following foreign expressions of parting, so you’ve probably encountered some of these ways to say goodbye in other languages.
Many words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are now obsolete - which ones are due a resurgence?
As their breed names often attest, dogs are a truly international bunch. Let’s take a look at 12 different dog breed names and their backstories.