- 1 1.1 (de una vela) wick 1.2 (de armas, explosivos) fuse mecha de seguridad safety fuse mecha lenta slow fuse aguantar mecha [familiar/colloquial] to grin and bear it, stand the gaff (AmE) [colloquial/familiar] a toda mecha [familiar/colloquial] like greased lightning [colloquial/familiar], like the clappers (BrE) 1.3 (RPl) (broca) bit
- 3(mechas fpl)3.1 (en peluquería) highlights (pl) hacerse mechas to have highlights put in 3.2 (AmL) [familiar/colloquial] (pelo) ¡mira cómo tienes las mechas! look at the state of your hair! [colloquial/familiar], your hair's a bit of a mess! [colloquial/familiar] la agarró de las mechas she grabbed her by the hair ser tieso de mechas (CS) [familiar/colloquial] to be pigheaded [colloquial/familiar] ser tirado de las mechas (CS) [familiar/colloquial] to be ridiculous
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Santería is a religious cult, fusing African beliefs and Catholicism, which developed among African Yoruba slaves in Cuba. Followers believe both in a single supreme being and also in orishas, deities who each share an identity with a Christian saint and who combine a force of nature with human characteristics. Rituals involve music, dancing, sacrificial offerings, divination, and going into trances.