spicula

[ spik-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈspɪk yə lə /
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noun, plural spic·u·lae [spik-yuh-lee] /ˈspɪk yəˌli/.

a spicule.

Nearby words

  1. spicewood,
  2. spicey,
  3. spick,
  4. spick and span,
  5. spick-and-span,
  6. spicular,
  7. spiculate,
  8. spiculation,
  9. spicule,
  10. spiculum

Origin of spicula

1740–50; < New Latin spīcula, Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin spīc(a) ear of grain + -ula -ule

spiculum

[ spik-yuh-luh m ]
/ ˈspɪk yə ləm /

noun, plural spic·u·la [spik-yuh-luh] /ˈspɪk yə lə/. Zoology.

a small, needlelike body, part, process, or the like.

Origin of spiculum

1740–50; < Latin spīculum; see spicule

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British Dictionary definitions for spicula

spiculum

/ (ˈspɪkjʊləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)

another word for spicule (def. 1)

Word Origin for spiculum

C18: from Latin: small sharp point, from spica

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