spatula

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See also: Spatula and spatulă

English[edit]

A plastic kitchen spatula for turning and lifting
Spatula for scraping

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin spatula (a flat piece), the diminutive form of spatha (broad or flat tool), from Ancient Greek σπάθη (spáthē, a broad wood or metal blade). Compare spatha and spathe.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈspætjʊlə/, /ˈspætʃʊlə/, /ˈspætʃələ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

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.
    Synonyms: fish slice, fish trowel, turner, pancake turner, flipper
  2. (Canada, US) A kitchen utensil consisting of a flexible surface attached to a long handle, used for scraping the sides of bowls.
    Synonyms: scraper, dough scraper
  3. (dated) A palette knife.
  4. (chemistry) A thin hand tool, often made of nickel, for handling chemicals or other materials, when weighing, etc.
  5. A croupier's tool for turning up cards in a casino.
    • 1963, Ian Fleming, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
      The croupier delicately faced her other two cards with the tip of his spatula. A four! She had lost!
  6. (entomology) A sclerotized, T-shaped plate in the prothorax of larvae of flies belonging to family Cecidomyiidae, the gall midges.
    • 2015 November 2, Donald B. Thomas; John A. Goolsby, “Morphology of the Preimaginal Stages of Lasioptera donacis Coutin (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), a Candidate Biocontrol Agent for Giant Arundo Cane”, in Psyche, DOI:10.1155/2015/262678:
      The third instars are similar to other members of the genus except for a three-pronged spatula (typically two-pronged) and five lateral papillae (typically four) and with a nonbristled first instar.

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Latin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

spatula f (genitive spatulae); first declension

  1. a broad, flat piece.
    spatula porcina — "leg of pork".
  2. a little palm frond.
  3. (Late Latin) a scapula (shoulder blade).
  4. (Late Latin) a spoon or spatula (kitchenware).

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative spatula spatulae
Genitive spatulae spatulārum
Dative spatulae spatulīs
Accusative spatulam spatulās
Ablative spatulā spatulīs
Vocative spatula spatulae

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Descendants[edit]

  • Albanian: shpatull (shoulder)
  • Asturian: espalda (back)
  • Catalan: espatlla (shoulder)
  • Catalan: espàtula
  • English: spatula
  • French: épaule (shoulder)
  • French: spatule
  • Friulian: spale (shoulder)
  • Greek: σπάτουλα (spátoula)
  • Italian: spalla (shoulder)
  • Italian: spatola

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