In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(having spikes)con puntascon púascon pinchos
- The rare Boar fish is usually only about 15-20cm long, thick-skinned and spiky.
- The slender, spikey fish is regarded as having one of the sturdiest and most flexible forms of animal armour.
- The creature scavenges spikey structures from sea sponges and builds a shell out of them.
- Pufferfish can balloon into a spiky sphere within moments of sensing a nearby threat.
- Ooh, what are those strange spiky fruits?
- Having experienced unspoilt forest and encountered proboscis monkeys, I found myself face-to-face with a green wall of spikey fronged oil palms.
- Some viruses may also be protected by an outer spikey layer called an envelope.
- A central column of stone urns filled with spiky plants adds a colonial 1930s elegance.
- Thorny plants are unpleasant to rub against and trimmings from spikey, prickly plants placed under bird-feeders help protect our feathered friends.
- All the living areas looked out onto the beautifully landscaped garden, with shrubs, grasses and spiky plants.
1.2(sharp, pointed)puntiagudopicudopinchudopuntudo Colombia Southern Cone
1.3(hair) de punta
2(caustic, sharp)(wit) mordaz(wit) hiriente(wit) punzante
- He developed a rather spiky relationship with the paparazzi and the past year has seen him punch paps and swear at them in his quest to evade them.
- The match was wonderful, very competitive and very spiky, which was just the way Tony would have liked it - it was well played.
- Jensen's inventive tale features a very real, very spiky protagonist.
- The guy is talented, but very spiky and too wound up to succeed at the highest level.
- The performer's notoriously spiky interviews and awards show interventions have also made headlines around the world.
- We can only imagine what their estranged and notoriously spiky band leader thinks of it.
- He may ladle on the mannered affectations but they're laced with a really spiky humour.
- I remember the head coach making this point in slightly spiky fashion during a post-match press conference four seasons ago.
- She is captivated by the clever, awkward and occasionally spiky cosmologist.
- They're quite spiky around each other and find it difficult to open up with each other.
- His relationship with his fellow referee was always spikey to say the least but the two men do now have one thing in common.
- I tend to play people who are a bit spiky or abrasive or lack filters, or say what they think.
3British informal(touchy)(person) susceptible(person) quisquilloso(person) puntudo Chile informal
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