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vaca / cow
vaca   -noun feminine
1. (zoology)   cow
·el mal o la enfermedad de las vacas locas
·mad cow disease
a. (los años de) las vacas flacas   the lean years
b. (los años de) las vacas gordas   the fat years,   the boom years
c. pasar las vacas gordas   to have a grand time of it *
d. ponerse como una vaca >   *   to get as fat as a pig *
·vaca de leche   (literally)   dairy cow
(Latin America)   (figurative)   good business,   profitable deal
·vaca de San Antillesónoun   ladybird,   ladybug United States
·vaca lechera   dairy cow
·vaca marina   sea cow,   manatee
·vaca sagrada   (also figurative)   sacred cow
2. (culinary, cooking )   beef
3. (=cuero)   cowhide
4. (Latin America)   (commerce)   enterprise with profits on a pro rata basis
5. hacer(se) la vaca
(Andes)   to play truant,   play hooky United States
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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