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

a spicule.

Origin of spicula

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


[spik-yuh-luh m]

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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Related Words for spicula

point, spine, thorn, sensation, barb, bristle, spike, chill, spiculum

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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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