spicula

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

spicula

  1. plural form of spiculum

Noun[edit]

spicula (plural spiculas or spiculae)

  1. A little spike; a spikelet.
    • 1861, Various, Atlantic Monthly, Volume 8, No. 47, September, 1861[1]:
      And yet Thoreau camps down by Walden Pond and shows us that absolutely nothing in Nature has ever yet been described,--not a bird nor a berry of the woods, nor a drop of water, nor a spicula of ice, nor summer, nor winter, nor sun, nor star.
    • 1906, John Tyndall, Six Lectures on Light[2]:
      Introducing the alum-cell, and placing the coating of hoar-frost at the intensely luminous focus of the electric lamp, not a spicula of the dazzling frost is melted.
  2. A pointed fleshy appendage.
    • 1904, John Morley, Critical Miscellanies, Vol. 1, Essay 5, Emerson[3]:
      Nature 'publishes itself in creatures, reaching from particles and spicula, through transformation on transformation to the highest symmetries.

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

spīcula

  1. nominative plural of spīculum
  2. accusative plural of spīculum
  3. vocative plural of spīculum