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Learning new Spanish Words... Milk - Leche

Updated on August 18, 2015
Image by Melinda Kolk,
Image by Melinda Kolk,

About the Spanish word "leche"

  • Translation: "Leche" means "milk"
  • Origins: From Latin term "lac, lactis"

"Leche" is a feminine word, so, all adjectives or articles related to this word must be used in feminine.

For example:

- La leche es blanca. (Milk is white)

In this case, I have used the article "la" (the), feminine. and the adjective "blanca" (white), in feminine.

(Note that in Spanish we use the article (la) when talking about "milk" in general.)

What does the R.A.E. says about this word?

The R.A.E. (Real Academia de la Lengua Española or Royal Academy of the Spanish Language), apart from the meaning we all know, "milk", lists other meanings and expressions:

"Tener mala leche"

Well, its literal translation is "To have bad milk"... Does it makes any sense in English?

But in Spanish, this expression is the equivalent to the English "to be bad-tempered".

"A toda leche"

Here is how the R.A.E. explains it:

  • A toda velocidad At top speed, and
  • A todo volumen: On full volume

"Diente de leche"

A "diente de leche", where "diente" is "tooth", is the tooth children at their 5-7 years old loose. that is: "baby tooth".

The R.A.E. defines it as:

"En el hombre y en los animales que, como el mono, el caballo, etc., mudan con la edad toda la dentadura o parte de ella, el de la primera dentición"


Is this the first time you hear about this Spanish word?

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