querencia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish querencia.

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Noun[edit]

querencia (plural querencias)

  1. (bullfighting) The area of the bull-ring where the bull makes its stand. [from 1930s]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 332:
      Once hit, a rebel unit must be hit again, and remain hit; the army must penetrate the querencia where – like a fighting bull – it was at home, and stay there, driving it out into unknown and unfriendly territory.
    • 1994, Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing:
      The wolf paced and circled limping on three legs and then crouched by the iron stake where it seemed she’d made her querencia.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From querer (to want) +‎ -encia.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /keˈɾenθja/, [keˈɾẽn̟θja]
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /keˈɾensja/, [keˈɾẽnsja]

Noun[edit]

querencia f (plural querencias)

  1. an animal's lair
  2. (bullfighting) the bull's querencia
  3. the homing instinct of an animal
  4. longing, want
  5. homesickness, nostalgia

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