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), from Ancient Greek σπάθη(spáthē, a broad wood or metal blade). 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. (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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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.
  3. (Late Latin) a scapula (shoulder blade).
  4. (Late Latin) a spoon or spatula (kitchenware).

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First declension.

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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