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Santo André crucificado numa aspa. (Saint Andrew crucified on a crux decussata.)
Aspa marcando um cruzamento de ferrovia. (Saint Andrew’s cross marking a level crossing.)


From Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐍃𐍀𐌰 (haspa).



aspa f (plural aspas)

  1. crux decussata (an X-shaped cross, used to crucify people)
  2. Saint Andrew’s cross (any X-shaped symbol)
  3. (heraldry) saltire (ordinary in the shape of an X)
  4. quotation mark; inverted comma (the character , or ')
  5. an animal’s horn
  6. sail (blade of a windmill)


Derived terms[edit]



aspa f (plural aspas)

  1. cross, St. Anthony's cross.
  2. blade in windmills or wind turbines.
  3. z-shaped figure.
  4. spool, reel (yarn).
  5. wheel.
  6. vane, sail (of windmill).
  7. (mining) intersection of two veins.
  8. horn (South American Spanish).
  9. (heraldry) saltire.
  10. hasp.

Usage notes[edit]

The feminine noun aspa is like other feminine nouns starting with a stressed a sound in that it takes the definite article el (normally reserved for masculine nouns) in the singular when there is no intervening adjective:

el aspa

However, if an adjective intervenes between the article and the noun, the article reverts to la.



  1. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of aspar.
  2. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of aspar.