acicula

noun acic·u·la \ə-ˈsi-kyə-lə\

Definition of acicula

plural

aciculae

\ə-ˈsi-kyə-ˌlē, -ˌlī\ or

aciculas

  1. :  a needlelike spine, bristle, or crystal

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Origin and Etymology of acicula

borrowed from New Latin, going back to Late Latin acicula, acucula “small needle, small pin for a headdress,”, from Latin acu-, stem of acus “needle” (going back to Indo-European *h₂eḱ-u- “pointed”) + -cula, diminutive suffix — more at 1acute


First Known Use: 1784


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