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spatula

[spach-uh-luh]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of spatula

1515–25; < Latin: a flat piece, batten, equivalent to spath(a) spathe + -ula -ule
Related formsspat·u·lar, adjective
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spatula

noun
  1. a utensil with a broad flat, often flexible blade, used for lifting, spreading, or stirring foods, etc
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Derived Formsspatular, 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

n.

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.

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