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prickle

[ prik-uhl ]
/ ˈprɪk əl /
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noun

verb (used with object), prick·led, prick·ling.

to prick lightly.
to cause a pricking or tingling sensation in.

verb (used without object), prick·led, prick·ling.

to tingle as if pricked.

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Origin of prickle

before 950; Middle English prykel (noun), Old English pricel.See prick, -le
un·prick·led, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prickle

prickle
/ (ˈprɪkəl) /

noun

botany a pointed process arising from the outer layer of a stem, leaf, etc, and containing no woody or conducting tissueCompare thorn (def. 1)
a pricking or stinging sensation

verb

to feel or cause to feel a stinging sensation
(tr) to prick, as with a thorn
Old English pricel; related to Middle Low German prekel, German Prickel
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