EP word of the week (#112): papagaio de papel

In the Summer, people have different ways to amuse and entertain themselves; a popular option in windswept areas is to build or buy flying kites to watch them ondulate in the wind (: I personally never had one, but I like how they float in the wind and I understand their appeal!

In Portugal, there are known as [os] papagaios de papel (paper kites), or [os] papagaios for short. [o] papagaio is actually the Portuguese word for parrot everywhere, but it’s used in this second sense only in EP. Brazilian Portuguese uses the term [a] pipa. For us on this side of the ocean, [a] pipa is a large, usually cyllidrical container made out of wood and used to store wine (i.e. a cask).

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Um papagaio [de papel]. A kite. Courtesy of No Vazio da Onda.

Are the words for kite in your language related to birds or any other flying creatures? Or are they related to something else entirely? Let us all know in the comments!

Have a nice week, and good luck with your studies!

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2 thoughts on “EP word of the week (#112): papagaio de papel

  1. Patricia Eckmeier August 9, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Olá, Luís! Em alemão o papagaio é ” der Drachen” = ” o dragão”. Em México a palavra em espanhol prove (?) da lingua dos aztecas: é ” el papalote” = “papalotl” é “a borboleta”

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  2. MLM August 18, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Olá, Luís. Na minha região do Brasil, Minas Gerais, e em muitas outras, usamos o mesmo nome que em Portugal. É papagaio de papel, mesmo. As pipas são maiores, tradicionalmente quase redondas.

    Mas é verdade: muitos outros nomes são usados em diferentes regiões do país, às vezes variando mesmo de uma cidade para outra.

    Parabéns pelo seu site, que só descobri hoje. É maravilhoso!

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