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spicula

[spik-yuh-luh]
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noun, plural spic·u·lae [spik-yuh-lee] /ˈspɪk yəˌli/.
  1. a spicule.
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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]
noun, plural spic·u·la [spik-yuh-luh] /ˈspɪk yə lə/. Zoology.
  1. a small, needlelike body, part, process, or the like.
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Origin of spiculum

1740–50; < Latin spīculum; see spicule
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spiculum

noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. another word for spicule (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin: small sharp point, from spica
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