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decay / putrefacción
decay   [dɪˈkeɪ]
A. -noun
1. [of vegetation, food]   putrefacciónoun (f),   descomposiciónoun (f)
b. [of teeth]   caries (f)
c. [of building]   desmoronamiento (m),   ruina (f)
2. (figurative)
a. [of civilization]   decadencia (f)
b. [of faculties]   deterioro (m)
B. -intransitive verb
1. (=rot)
[leaves, food]   pudrirse,   descomponerse
[teeth]   cariarse
[building]   desmoronarse
2. (figurative)
[civilization]   decaer,   estar en decadencia
[faculties]   deteriorarse
C. -transitive verb
[+vegetation, food]   pudrir,   descomponer
[+teeth]   cariar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co Ltd. 1971,1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992,1993,1996,1997,2000,2003,2005.
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