Translation of sting in Spanish:

sting

Pronunciation: /stɪŋ/

noun/nombre

  • 1 countable/numerable 1.1 (organ — of bee) aguijón (masculine), lanceta (feminine) (Andes) (Mexico/México) ; (— of scorpion) aguijón (masculine), uña (feminine); (— of nettle) pelo (masculine) urticante or urente a sting in the tail (British English/inglés británico) their offer had a sting in the tail su oferta tenía un gran pero all her stories have a sting in the tail todos sus cuentos tienen un desenlace inesperado
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    • The poor fellow has neither the tusks of the elephant, nor the claws of the lion, nor even the horns or pointed teeth or stings and poison glands.
    • It had a man's face with 3 rows of extremely sharp teeth in each jaw, a lion's body and a long tail with a sting like a scorpion's.
    • She found the poison sting still in his body and from the odour, she knew that he had come to the child in the form of a scorpion.
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    • A new cream, which prevents the jellyfish from firing their stings when touched, recently became available - just in time for the seasonal invasion of millions of small, purple jellyfish.
    • So they add defences - thistles have prickles and tough leaves, nettles have stings, other plants have toxins.
    • I began to bleed at impact and quickly drew my finger away from the sting of the sharp plant.
    1.2 (action) picadura (feminine) 1.3 (mark, wound) picadura (feminine)
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    • Most scorpion stings are merely painful, leading to swelling in the immediate region of the sting, but some scorpions of northern Africa and the American southwest can be deadly.
    • What the books often don't tell you is that there are another set of spikes on the side of the gill plates, which can also inflict a painful sting.
    • Although scorpion stings can be devastatingly painful, they are not usually lethal to humans.
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable 2.1 (pain) escozor (masculine), ardor (masculine) (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) the sting of remorse/conscience el gusanillo de la consciencia 2.2 (hurtfulness) there was a sting in her words sus palabras fueron hirientes
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    • Before any of the women could speak, Gale felt the sting of something sharp, and willed herself not to look at the doctor's work.
    • He crushed the tracking device in his hand, ignoring the sting of sharp metal on his palm.
    • The only sensation is the sting of the wind, cold and laced with salt.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado stung)

  • 1 [bee/scorpion/jellyfish/nettle] picar*
  • 2 2.1 (cause pain) hacer* escocer, hacer* arder (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) 2.2 (mentally, emotionally) [reproach/criticism] herir* profundamente 2.3 (goad, incite) to sting sb into sth incitar a algn a + infinitive/infinitivo this stung him into retaliation esto lo incitó a vengarse she was stung into defending herself la provocaron y se defendió
  • 3 (cheat, overcharge) [slang/argot] I was stung for $65 me clavaron 65 dólares [colloquial/familiar]

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado stung)

  • 1 [insect/jellyfish/nettle] picar*

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In Spain, pinchos are small portions of food, often on a cocktail stick, eaten in a bar or cafe. Often free, they are similar to tapas, but much smaller. There are pinchos of many foods, including Spanish omelet, ham, sausage, and anchovy.