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See also: Spatula and spatulă


A plastic kitchen spatula for turning and lifting
Spatula for scraping


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.


  • IPA(key): /ˈspætjʊlə/, /ˈspætʃʊlə/, /ˈspætʃələ/
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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. (Canada, US) 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.
  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!


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



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).


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