acicate

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic السِّقَاط(as-siqāṭ).

Noun[edit]

acicate m (plural acicates)

  1. spur (implement for prodding a horse)
    Synonym: espora
  2. (figuratively) incentive, spur (anything that inspires or motivates)
    Synonym: incentivo

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Further reading[edit]

  • acicate” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Andalusian Arabic [Term?]. Compare Portuguese acicate.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

acicate m (plural acicates)

  1. spur (implement for prodding a horse)
    Synonym: espuela
  2. (figuratively) incentive, spur (anything that inspires or motivates)
    Synonym: incentivo
    • 1997, Roberto Bolaño, “Henri Simon Leprince”, in Llamadas telefónicas [Last Evenings on Earth]:
      Su presencia, su fragilidad, su espantosa soberanía, a algunos les sirve de acicate o de recordatorio.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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