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  • n. Plural form of spiculum.
  • n. A little spike; a spikelet.
  • n. A pointed fleshy appendage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little spike; a spikelet.
  • n. A pointed fleshy appendage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a diminutive or secondary spike; a spikelet.
  • n. A small splinter-like body; a spicule.
  • n. In zoology, a spicule or spiculum.
  • n. Plural of spiculum.


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  • [4023] Irrita vaniloquae quid curas spicula linguae,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • In short, all the graces which young ladies and young gentlemen too learn from others, and the many improvements which, by the help of a looking-glass, they add of their own, are in reality those very spicula et faces amoris so of mentioned by Ovid; or, as they are sometimes called in our own language, the whole artillery of love.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • When nearly on the crest of the Portillo, we were enveloped in a falling cloud of minute frozen spicula.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • = The same image at _EP_ III iii 105-6 'ergo alii noceant miseris optentque timeri,/_tinctaque mordaci spicula felle gerant_'.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 47, September, 1861

  • Nox et caeruleam terris infuderat umbram. ille propinquabat silvis et ab aggere celso scuta virum galeasque videt rutilare comantes, qua laxant rami nemus adversaque sub umbra flammeus aeratis lunae tremor errat in armis. obstipuit visis, ibat tamen, horrida tantum spicula et inclusum capulo tenus admovet ensem. ac prior unde, viri, quidve occultatis in armis? 'non humili terrore rogat. nec reddita contra vox, fidamque negant suspecta silentia pacem.

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • Augustus primoque rudis flagrauerat aestu; nec nouus unde calor nec quid suspiria uellent, nouerat incipiens et adhuc ignarus amandi. non illi uenator equus, non spicula curae, 5 non iaculum torquere libet; mens omnis aberrat in uulnus quod fixit Amor. quam saepe medullis erupit gemitus! quotiens incanduit ore confessus secreta rubor nomenque beatum iniussae scripsere manus!

    The Marriage of Honorius and Maria

  • It publishes itself in creatures, reaching from particles and spicula, through transformation on transformation to the highest symmetries, arriving at consummate results without a shock or a leap.

    XIV. Essays. Nature. 1844

  • He showed them afore what trouble might fall unto him wherewith, and the like virtuous talk he had so long before his trouble encouraged them, that when he after fell in the trouble indeed, his trouble to him was a great deal the less, quia spicula prævisa minus lædunt.


  • Linguae procacis plumbea spicula, Fidens, superbo frange silentio;

    Life Of Johnson


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