spicula

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spicula

  1. plural of spiculum

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spicula (plural spiculas or spiculae)

  1. A little spike; a spikelet or spiculum.
    • 1738 December, C. Mortimer, “VI. An Abstract by C. Mortimer, M.D. Secr[etary of the] R[oyal] S[ociety] of an Inaugural Dissertation Published at Wittemberg 1736. by Dr. Abraham Vater, F.R.S. Concerning the Cure of the Bite of a Viper, Cured by Sallad-oil.”, in Philosophical Transactions. Giving Some Account of the Present Undertakings, Studies, and Labours, of the Ingenious, in Many Considerable Parts of the World, volume XXXIX, number 451, London: Printed for T. Woodward, [] ; and C. Davis [] ; printers to the Royal Society, OCLC 630046584, page 443:
      He concludes this Diſſertation, by endeavouring to explain the Manner of its [olive oil's] operating, which he attributes to its fat inviſcating Nature, whereby it ſheathes the Spicula of the Poiſon.
    • 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.

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Noun[edit]

spīcula

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

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