Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small needlelike structure, such as a copulatory organ in a nematode.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In zoology, a spicula or spicule.
  • noun A needle-shaped splinter of bone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Same as spicule.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A thrusting javelin used by Romans that replaced the pilum in the late 3rd century.
  • noun A sharp, pointed crystal, especially of ice.
  • noun zoology A sharp, needle-like structure, especially those making up the skeleton of a sponge.
  • noun astronomy A small radial emission of gas seen in the chromosphere and corona of the sun.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small pointed structure serving as a skeletal element in various marine and freshwater invertebrates e.g. sponges and corals

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin spīculum, diminutive of spīca, point, ear of grain.]

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From Latin spīculum ("a little, sharp point"), from spīcum, alternative form of spīca ("point, spike").

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  • Latin Spike, sharp point or sting.

    July 9, 2008