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presa (feminine noun (la)) — dam, reservoir. Look up presa in the dictionary

Puedes ir a la presa; está muy bonito y allí te dan permiso de pescar.
You can go to the dam; it's really nice and you can go fishing.
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Old June 27, 2009, 09:47 AM
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what is the difference between dam and reservoir ?

In Spanish we also have " presa" Y "pantáno "

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dam/reservoir

a dam is the structure built to create a reservoir.

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Old June 27, 2009, 10:15 AM
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A dam is built to hold back the water in a reservoir. But, according to the dictionary, the word dam also refers to the reservoir. I've heard both words used without reserve.

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Ok. Thank you.
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Presa also means prey. (In hunting)

You can also refer to it as a piece, like Sírveme otra presa de pollo = Serve me another piece of chicken.
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I have always (and still) thought that represa was a dam and reservior
was estanque.
I thought presa was a female convict.
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I have always (and still) thought that represa was a dam and reservior
was estanque.
I thought presa was a female convict.
'Represa' is not used, at least in Spain, although you can find this word in the RAE . 'Presa' is used as an enormous wall to retain and control water. Pantano is the place where water is retained. A 'pantano" can't be broken, a 'presa' can be with horrible consequences.

Presa also means a female convict.

An 'estanque' is very small, for gardens and yards.
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That's interesting. Pantano over here means swamp, and represa is definitely dam.
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That's interesting. Pantano over here means swamp, and represa is definitely dam.
I think you use 'dam' for both 'dique' and 'presa'. The difference between them is that a 'dique' is shorter than 15 m. high and 'presa' is higher. Another word not very common is 'azud' used in rivers, as a small 'dique' in a river.
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