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What are the names of the zodiac symbols in Spanish?

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Examples of some Spanish zodiac signs include Aries, Cáncer and Sagitario. The Spanish names for the zodiac signs are very similar to their English names, primarily because of their Latin origins.

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Some zodiac signs have the same spelling in both English and Spanish; examples include Aries, Leo, Virgo and Libra. Other signs have an accent added to reflect a change in Spanish pronunciation, such as Cáncer and Géminis. The other signs in Spanish are Tauro, Escorpio, Sagitario, Capricornio, Acuario and Piscis.

The Spanish language is a Romance language, which means that Spanish derives from Latin. Therefore, many of the Spanish translations of zodiac sign names have a similarity to Spanish words that reflect their origins. For example, Leo is very similar to the Spanish word "león," which means "lion." Taurus, or Tauro in Spanish, has no direct English cognate. However, the Spanish word "toro" means "bull," from which the sign derives.

Other translations have a more indirect similarity to their Latin origins. Libra derives from the Latin word for "scales" or "balance." While there is no English cognate, the Spanish word "libra" means "pound," a common unit of measure. Aries derives from the Latin word for "ram." While the sign has no English cognate, the Spanish word "ariete" means "battering ram."

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