Also apagao and apaxarao.
A negative term to describe cider that has no liveliness when poured into the glass. Essentially this is how to say that a cider is flat and lifeless. A cider that is plasmau is lacking in the essential carbonic gas necessary to make the required small bubbles when poured from overhead (see escanciar).
It is sometimes used to describe a cider that was good, or very good, but is missing, for an inexplicable reason, a certain something that would make it great. When used in the process of making (as opposed to drinking) cider, it is used to talk about a cider that can be recovered, and restored to it's greatness before the process is finished.
com'l pitu a la vista del raposu
|Pensive... stunned... silent
like the chicken at the sight of the fox
Stunned, struck, set immobile. These are good ways to translate plasmáu - the state of being struck into motionlessness. And that is the complaint about cider described as such. A good sidra natural should be lively: in the glass and on the tongue. And if it isn't the former, it certainly won't be the latter.
- García Arias, Xose Lluis, editor. “Plasmáu, Ada, Ao - Diccionario General De La Lengua Asturiana (DGLA).” Diccionario General De La Lengua Asturiana, directed by Editorial Prensa Asturiana, mas.lne.es/diccionario/palabra/59539. Accessed 10 Sept. 2023.
- Fidalgo Sanchez, Jose Antonio. Sidra y manzana de Asturias. pp 190. Prensa Asturiana, 1993.
- Hevia Llavona, Inaciu. “Léxicu asturianu de la sidra con delles desplicaciones etimolóxiques y comentarios / Asturian lexicon of the cider with some etymological explanations and comments.” pp 112. Lletres Asturianes, vol. 112 (2015), 2015, pp. 89–126.
- Menéndez Fernandez, Juan José. “Teodoro Cuesta, El Poeta Mierense Que Marcó Una Época.” El Blog De Acebedo, 25 Mar. 2020, elblogdeacebedo.blogspot.com/2020/03/teodoro-cuesta-el-poeta-mierense-que.html. Accessed 10 Sept. 2023.
- Cuesta, Teodoro. “Andalucia Y Asturies.” Orbis Latinus, 1871, www.orbilat.com/Languages/Asturian/Texts/Teodoro_Cuesta.html. Accessed 10 Sept. 2023.