Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Saturday November 18, 2006

algodón, noun:
cotton

If you see a Spanish word beginning with the letters al-, the chances are that it was passed down from an Arabic word some time after Spain was invaded by the Arabic-speaking Moors in 711. Algodón is one of these; it means cotton. To say something is made of cotton, use de algodón.

ropa de algodón
cotton clothes

una camisa de algodón
a cotton shirt

Notice that it loses its accent in the plural.

Me puse algodones en los oídos.
I put some cotton (wool) in my ears.


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