How do You Say Silver in Spanish | Vocabulary
“La plata” (silver in Spanish) is a precious white and gray material. Despite not being like gold and being very scarce, it is in high commercial demand due to the ease and beauty of working it, as it is resistant and does not rust. It is used for dental amalgams and bullets, but its main use is in jewelry with a very good taste and shine when polishing. The extraction or excavation of it is varied since it can be found attached to other minerals such as copper and gold. Its symbol is AG from ancient Latin which meant very bright.
silver – plata
gold – oro
bronze – bronce
metal – metal
beauty – belleza
soft – suave
cooper – cobre
chemical elements – elementos químicos
periodic table – tabla periódica
bright – brillante
How to translate silver in Spanish?
This term is part of the chemical elements of the periodic table, located in group 11 of the same, it is identified with 47 as an atomic number and has Ag as a symbol. This element is described as a white and extremely bright object, however, scientifically it is described under transitions between gray and metallic white, it is malleable, ductile, and soft.
It is a natural mineral, but rare it represents only a small part of the earth’s surface compared to other minerals. Its form is free or generally of sulfur and is obtained thanks to by-products in the treatments of lead, gold, zinc, and copper mines.
I loved the silver ring – Me encantó el anillo de plata
I’ll buy Pedro a silver chain – Le compraré a Pedro una cadena de plata
That silver has a lot of shine – Esa plata tiene mucho brillo
Etymologically, this term comes from the Latin «platus», whose meaning refers to something flat or like a metallic sheet. Its symbol, that is, the Ag, has its genesis in the Latin “Argentum”, which derives from the Indo-European root that defines the word as something brilliant. Different names of the term are born from these words, generally from languages such as French (argent), Italian (argento), and Romanian (argint).
This term is also used in different situations, for example, silver weddings, that is, wedding anniversaries. When a couple celebrates 25 years of marriage, a celebration with that name is held. On the other hand, there is the so-called silver age, that is, the name that is given to a certain period at the level of history, which is considered a successor to the golden age, therefore its value is lower.
Because it is a natural metal, it is difficult to find, however, those who have found it claims that it has soft characteristics and is used to create various products, for example, silver nitrate, silver sulfadiazine, among others. But it also has different special characteristics, among them are the following.
It is a natural metal, but it combines with sulfur, arsenic, antimony or chlorine, in such a way that various mineral groups derived from silver are formed. This metal is obtained in lead, zinc, nickel, and gold mines in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Peru.
This metal is malleable and ductile, in addition, it is harder than gold but soft to the touch, has a great shine that can range from gray to metallic white, and tends to be susceptible to polishing.
It is possible to keep it in both air and water, however, its surface can become cloudy when exposed to sulfur, air with sulfur, ozone, or hydrogen sulfide.
The usefulness of silver is varied it can be used for the following aspects:
arrowheads – puntas de flecha
swords – espadas
spears – lanzas
knives – cuchillos
photography – fotografía
electricity – electricidad
mirrors – espejos
electronics – electrónicos
silver coins – monedas de plata
Edged weapons: used to make arrowheads, swords, spears, knives, among others.
Photography: it is used to produce the well-known artificial rain, as it is sensitive to light.
Medicine: It may be toxic, but it is only in extremely high amounts, therefore, this metal can be applied in small concentrations. It is generally used to remove warts.
Electricity: used for the mobility and use of diesel engines.
Mirrors: this metal is usually used because that way they would have light reflectivity.
Electronics: this is due to its great conductivity, in addition, it is used in computer keyboards and integrated circuits.
Silver coins: they have been created since 700 BC as payment methods to purchase goods or services.
chains – cadenas
rings – anillos
necklaces – collares
bracelets – pulseras
sterling silver – plata esterlina
jewelry – joyería
silverware – platería
Silverware and jewelry: metal is used to make different types of items, for example, silver chains, rings, bracelets, necklaces, 925 silver, that is, sterling silver, among others.