spatula

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English[edit]

A plastic kitchen spatula for turning and lifting
Spatula for scraping

Etymology[edit]

From Latin spatula (a flat piece), the diminutive form of spatha (broad or flat tool) + -ula ("-ule"). Compare spatha and spathe.

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spatula (plural spatulas or spatulae or spatulæ)

  1. A kitchen utensil consisting of a flat surface attached to a long handle, used for turning, lifting, or stirring food.
  2. (North America) A kitchen utensil consisting of a flexible surface attached to a long handle, used for scraping the sides of bowls.
  3. (dated) A palette knife.
  4. (chemistry) A thin hand tool, often made of nickel, for handling chemicals or other materials, when weighing, etc.

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Diminutive from spatha (broad, flat tool) +‎ -ula.

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Noun[edit]

spatula f (genitive spatulae); first declension

  1. a broad, flat piece
    spatula porcina — "leg of pork"
  2. a little palm frond

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First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative spatula spatulae
genitive spatulae spatulārum
dative spatulae spatulīs
accusative spatulam spatulās
ablative spatulā spatulīs
vocative spatula spatulae

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References[edit]

  • spatula in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879