Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday April 3, 2013

espinacas, noun:
spinach

This is another word which entered the Spanish language via Arabic, and spinach itself is probably of Persian origin. It seems that it was the Spaniards who eventually brought spinach to the United States.
Love it or hate it, the word for spinach is always used in the plural in Spanish, so be careful to use the correct form of the verb or the adjective with it.

No me gustan las espinacas.
I don’t like spinach.

¡Qué espinacas tan ricas!
This spinach is delicious!

Some other food words like this are espaguetis (spaghetti), canelones (cannelloni) and acelgas (Swiss chard) - all used in the plural.


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