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
- 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.
- The creature scavenges spikey structures from sea sponges and builds a shell out of them.
- Having experienced unspoilt forest and encountered proboscis monkeys, I found myself face-to-face with a green wall of spikey fronged oil palms.
- The slender, spikey fish is regarded as having one of the sturdiest and most flexible forms of animal armour.
- Some viruses may also be protected by an outer spikey layer called an envelope.
- Pufferfish can balloon into a spiky sphere within moments of sensing a nearby threat.
- A central column of stone urns filled with spiky plants adds a colonial 1930s elegance.
- The rare Boar fish is usually only about 15-20cm long, thick-skinned and spiky.
- Ooh, what are those strange spiky fruits?
1.2(sharp, pointed)puntiagudopicudopinchudopuntudo Southern Cone Colombia
1.3(hair) de punta
2(caustic, sharp)(wit) mordaz(wit) hiriente(wit) punzante
- We can only imagine what their estranged and notoriously spiky band leader thinks of it.
- The match was wonderful, very competitive and very spiky, which was just the way Tony would have liked it - it was well played.
- They're quite spiky around each other and find it difficult to open up with each other.
- He may ladle on the mannered affectations but they're laced with a really spiky humour.
- His relationship with his fellow referee was always spikey to say the least but the two men do now have one thing in common.
- 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.
- I remember the head coach making this point in slightly spiky fashion during a post-match press conference four seasons ago.
- I tend to play people who are a bit spiky or abrasive or lack filters, or say what they think.
- The performer's notoriously spiky interviews and awards show interventions have also made headlines around the world.
- The guy is talented, but very spiky and too wound up to succeed at the highest level.
- She is captivated by the clever, awkward and occasionally spiky cosmologist.
- Jensen's inventive tale features a very real, very spiky protagonist.
3Britishinformal(touchy)susceptiblequisquillosopuntudo Chile informal
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.