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[spach-uh-luh] /ˈspætʃ ə lə/
an implement with a broad, flat, usually flexible blade, used for blending foods or removing them from cooking utensils, mixing drugs, spreading plasters and paints, etc.
Origin of spatula
1515-25; < Latin: a flat piece, batten, equivalent to spath(a) spathe + -ula -ule
Related forms
spatular, adjective Unabridged
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  • The offer of a hoe in exchange for her spatula was accepted with joy.

  • He held a spatula of aloe-wood in his hand wherewith to scratch his skin.

    Salammbo Gustave Flaubert
  • The camphor must then be added, and the composition well mixed with a spatula, while off the fire.

  • The two case knives are needed for mixing the ingredients in the bowl, and the spatula is used in handling the paste.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Lay on a pan or perforated sheet, then crease marked squares half through the dough with a spatula or the back of a knife.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • The palette knife is much better for freeing or lifting forms from a flat surface than a spatula or a case knife.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
  • More dry flux may be added with the spatula if the tapping does not produce the desired result.

British Dictionary definitions for spatula


a utensil with a broad flat, often flexible blade, used for lifting, spreading, or stirring foods, etc
Derived Forms
spatular, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: a broad piece, from spatha a flat wooden implement; see spathe
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Word Origin and History for spatula

1520s, from Latin spatula "broad piece, spatula," diminutive of spatha "broad, flat tool or weapon," from Greek spathe "broad blade" (see spade (n.1)). Erroneous form spattular is attested from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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