What does the Spanish word bellota mean? You'll probably have seen it plenty of times when looking at Spanish ham but really it's an autumnal word and means acorn.
- La ardilla cogió la bellota y se fue corriendo.
The squirrel grabbed the acorn and ran away.
You will see de bellota mentioned in high-quality ham, as some Iberian pigs are fed only with acorns and this supposedly gives them a specific flavour:
- Por Navidad me regalaron en la empresa un jamón de bellota.
I received an acorn-fed Iberian ham from my company for Christmas.
You can also use 'animal de bellota' when talking in a pejorative way about somebody. It means to be a pig.
- ¡Deja de comportarte como un animal de bellota y llama a tu novia!
Stop acting like a pig and call your girlfriend!
This word of the day has been contributed by LAE Madrid, the leading Spanish academy in Madrid. Accredited by the Insitituto Cervantes, it offers Spanish courses for all levels and also has Spanish classes for kids and families.