muñeca

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Spanish munneca, from Old Spanish monneka (milestone or landmark) (a. 1011), from a a pre-Roman substrate of Iberia, posibly pre-Indo-European.

Compare Basque muino (hill). Its original meaning was first 'milestone or landmark', then 'protuberance', from which both senses of 'wrist' and 'doll' come. Some have suggested it may have originated from monnula ((female) friend). Compare Spanish moño (a bow, ribbon) and muñón (stump); see also Portuguese boneca (doll). Attested as early as 1011, first attested as 'doll' in 1400.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /muˈɲeka/, [muˈɲe.ka]
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

muñeca f (plural muñecas)

  1. (anatomy) wrist
    Synonym: carpo

Noun[edit]

muñeca f (plural muñecas)

  1. female equivalent of muñeco (doll)

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Descendants[edit]

  • Bikol Central: munyeka
  • Catalan: monyeca
  • Chamorro: muñeka
  • Galician: boneca
  • Moroccan Arabic: منيكة(munīka)
  • Portuguese: boneca
  • Tagalog: manyika

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