Spanish Word of the Day
Sunday, November 11, 2012
pierna noun: leg
  • La pierna is different from English leg in that it generally refers to human legs only, not to animals’ legs.
    Tenía las piernas largas. He had long legs.
    Se sentó con las piernas cruzadas. She sat down with her legs crossed.
  • You refer to animal legs with the word pata, which is in the Word of the Day archive. But, if you’re talking about a leg of meat for cooking, you use pierna:
    Tenía las piernas largas. He had long legs.
    Se sentó con las piernas cruzadas. She sat down with her legs crossed.
    una pierna de cordero a leg of lamb
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