acicula

[ uh-sik-yuh-luh ]
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noun,plural a·cic·u·lae [uh-sik-yuh-lee]. /əˈsɪk yəˌli/.
  1. a needlelike part; spine, bristle, or needlelike crystal.

  2. a plural of aciculum.

Origin of acicula

1
1875–80; <New Latin, Late Latin, alteration of acucula ornamental pin, equivalent to Latin acu-, stem of acus needle (cf. acute) + -cula-cule1

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How to use acicula in a sentence

  • acicula lineata is a very small shell, the size of the Pupæ; mainly northern in distribution.

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  • The banks of Aripo are not the only localities, nor is the acicula the only mollusc, by which pearls are furnished.

British Dictionary definitions for acicula

acicula

/ (əˈsɪkjʊlə) /


nounplural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. a needle-shaped part, such as a spine, prickle, or crystal

Origin of acicula

1
C19: New Latin, diminutive of acus needle

Derived forms of acicula

  • acicular, adjective

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