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Spanish Lexicon: Animals and plants
Mario Gutiérrez brings in a new aspect of the use of "chulo". In Colombia and other Spanish American countries it means a buzzard, for which there are also other terms. This usage is unknown in Spain. The use of different names for animals and plants in Spanish-speaking countries is such a vast subject that it would be unwise to extend our discussion further. As the slang expression says, it's for the birds. Now, let's not get involved in the origin of that.
Ronald Hilton - 1/29/01