noun, plural spi·cae [spahy-see] /ˈspaɪ si/, spi·cas for 1, 2.
- spica bandage,
- spice islands
Origin of spica
Examples from the Web for spica
But she is supposed to be a winged goddess who holds up in her right hand an ear of wheat, and that is what Spica means.Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know|Julia Ellen Rogers
Spike lavender or French lavender; also the male lavender, spica nardi, or pseudo-nardus of old writers.
These constellations contain the following stars of the first magnitude—Aldebaran, Antares, and Spica.Astronomical Myths|John F. Blake
Spica represents the ear of corn held in the Virgin's left hand.A Field Book of the Stars|William Tyler Olcott
Vogel, in 1889, discovered this in the case of Spica (α Virginis), whose period is 4d.History of Astronomy|George Forbes
noun plural -cae (-siː) or -cas
Word Origin for spica
1728, bright star in constellation Virgo, from Latin, literally "ear of grain," corresponding to Greek stakhys (see spike (n.1)).