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I have heard pelón (or the feminine pelona) used to both refer to someone who has no hair and someone who has a lot of hair. Is there any way of distinguishing whether pelón means bald or hairy, or is context the only indicator?

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According to the RAE, pelón means someone who has little or no hair, and that it means "with a lot of hair" in Ecuador.

A topic on confirms this, so does looking the word up on Wordreference.

So I think you can go on using pelón safely to say "bald or with little hair".

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