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Principal Translations
cow n (female bovine)vaca nf
 The cow needed to be milked twice daily.
 La vaca tiene que ser ordeñada dos veces al día.
cow n figurative, informal, pejorative ([sth] difficult) figuradoelefante blanco nm
 This car's a beauty but it's an absolute cow to maintain.
 Este carro es una belleza, pero es un elefante blanco para mantenerlo.
 
Additional Translations
cow n (female animal)hembra nf
 The cow was going to give birth to a baby elephant.
 La hembra iba a parir un bebé elefante.
cow n slang (obese woman)vaca nf
 She wasn't so fat before, but now she is a real cow.
 Antes ella no era tan gorda, pero ahora está hecha una vaca.
cow n figurative ([sb] who eats a lot)tragón nm
 caballo nm
 Don't be such a cow. Stop eating.
 No seas tan tragón. Para ya de comer.
 * ¡Para de comer como un caballo!
cow n (unpleasant woman)cerda nf
 arpía nf
 I hate my new teacher. She's such a cow!
 Detesto a mi nueva maestra, ¡es una cerda!
 La arpía de mi maestra es insoportable.
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Compound Forms:
beef cow n (bovine farmed for meat)vaca de carne, vaca para carne nf
 Beef cows, unlike dairy animals, are not milked daily.
 A diferencia de las de lecheras, a las vacas para carne no se las ordeña todos los días.
cash cow n figurative ([sth] lucrative, good source of income) fig, famgallina de los huevos de oro nf
 Selling bottled water is the cash cow of the new millenium- it costs more than gasoline!
 Cuando empecé no le tenía mucha fe a este negocio, pero terminó resultando la gallina de los huevos de oro.
cow bell n (bell worn round the neck of cattle)cencerro nm
 I hear the sound of cow bells every evening as the cows are brought in from pasture.
 A esta hora siempre se escuchan los cencerros de las vacas que llevan a pastar.
cow down (to [sb]) vi phrasal informal (be intimidated) ser intimadoagachar la cabeza loc verb, phrase hecha
 echarse atrás loc verb pron
 I'm not going to cow down to her. She doesn't scare me!
 No voy a agachar la cabeza delante de ella. ¡No me asusta!
cow pie, UK: cow pat n US, informal (bovine faeces) famtorta de vaca nf
 When Beverly walked across the cow pasture, she stepped in a huge cow pie!
 Fijate por donde pisás, que hay muchas tortas de vaca.
 España, coloquialplasta de vaca nf
 Beverly pisó una enorme plasta de vaca cuando paseaba por la zona de pasto de las vacas.
dairy cow n (cow kept for milking)vaca lechera nf
 We kept a dairy cow, and it was my brother's job to milk her.
have a cow v informal, figurative (become angry or upset) Argentina, famcabrearse vpron
 No le toques nada del escritorio, si se da cuenta se cabrea y se pone insoportable.
holy cow interj informal (expressing astonishment)joder interj
 Holy cow! What size is that diamond on your finger?
 Holy cow! I came close to hitting that car in front of me!
 Joder, que pedazo de alianza llevas, mujer.
 México, vulgarputa madre interj
 ¡Puta madre! ¡Estuve a punto de chocar con ese coche!
holy cow n figurative ([sth] considered sacred) figvaca sagrada nf
 Algunos lo consideran el más grande escritor contemporáneo, una vaca sagrada. Pero... a mí sus libros me aburren.
 figobjeto de culto nm
 Hay películas que se han transformado en objetos de culto, por ejemplo: "El Ciudadano" de O. Wells.
mad cow disease n (BSE: bovine spongiform encephalopathy )enfermedad de la vaca loca nf
 More cattle are to be tested for mad cow disease.
milk cow n (dairy cow kept for milking)vaca lechera nf
 If you want to live a self-sufficient lifestyle then you ought to buy a milk cow.
 De niños cantábamos: "Tengo una vaca lechera, no es una vaca cualquiera, lará lará lará..."
poor cow n UK, slang, figurative, vulgar (unfortunate woman) mujer desafortunada¡pobre mujer! interj
 Her husband left her to raise five children on her own, the poor cow.
 Su marido la dejó con cinco hijos que cuidar, ¡Pobre mujer!
sacred cow n figurative ([sth] considered holy) figvaca sagrada nf
 The city council is cutting funding for many programs, but not the football stadium; that's their sacred cow.
 El concejo de la ciudad está cortando los fondos de muchos programas, pero no los del estadio de fútbol: esa es la vaca sagrada.
sea cow n (manatee)manatí nm
 In Costa Rica they take good care to preserve the sea cows.
 Los manatíes están en peligro de extinción.
 vaca marina nf
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