verb (used with object), prick·led, prick·ling.
verb (used without object), prick·led, prick·ling.
- prickle cell,
- prickle cell layer,
- prickly ash
Origin of prickle
Examples from the Web for prickle
The leaf was described to me as having a prickle upon it, and the flower as of a yellow colour.
Miss Margot looked as if she might—under provocation—display a prickle or two of her own!Big Game|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It bears a round Bur, with a sort of Prickle, which is the Seed.A New Voyage to Carolina|John Lawson
A gasp of amazement, a prickle, a shudder, ran over the skin of that susceptible assembly."Persons Unknown"|Virginia Tracy
Not the prickle induced by the enemy installations, it was a real coded call picked up by his sonic, and one he knew.Key Out of Time|Andre Alice Norton
Word Origin for prickle
Old English pricel "thing to prick with, goad, point," from the same source as Old English prician (see prick (v.)) with instrumental suffix -el (cf. Middle Low German prickel, Dutch prikkel).