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09:54 Dec 16, 2000
Portuguese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Portuguese term or phrase:tanque (para lavar roupa)
O uso de tanques para lavar roupa na América do Sul, neste caso no Brasil, é bem conhecido. No hemisfério norteamericano, onde a roupa é lavada em máquinas de lavar roupa, esta palavra é desconhecida, a menos que se use "washtub". Sugestões, por favor.
Explanation: I don't know any other word for this. I realize that in many cases, the "tanque" is actually a built-in sink, or set of twin sinks, outside the house rather than a separate portable tub. Washtub should do it. Washboard is the term for the ridged surface built into a tanque OR for a separate plank with such a surface (usually a metal ridged surface)
Donna Sandin United States Local time: 23:10 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 1112