Definition of spatula
: a flat thin implement used especially for spreading or mixing soft substances, scooping, or lifting
Recent Examples of spatula from the Web
Cooks use a bricklayer’s trowel, which has more force than a typical spatula.
Place one half in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir continuously with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until the mixture comes together like a dough.
Cook for 30 seconds, then stir in the flour, using a wooden spatula to dislodge any browned bits.
Users can also bid on Coleman’s personal belongings, such as his bowling shoes, several model trains, a yellow pinstriped suit, and even a spatula.
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Origin and Etymology of spatula
Late Latin, spoon, spatula — more at epaulet
First Known Use: 1525
SPATULA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spatula for English Language Learners
: a kitchen tool that has a handle which is bent upward and a wide, thin blade used for lifting and turning foods on a hot surface
: a kitchen tool that has a long handle and short, soft blade and that is used especially for mixing, spreading, etc.
: a kitchen tool similar to a knife that has a flexible blade and that is used for mixing, spreading, etc.
SPATULA Defined for Kids
Definition of spatula for Students
1 : a tool resembling a knife with a broad flexible blade that is used mostly for spreading or mixing soft substances
2 : a kitchen utensil with a long handle and a wide blade used for scraping batter from a bowl or for lifting and flipping food
Medical Definition of spatula
: a flat thin instrument for spreading or mixing soft substances, scooping, lifting, or scraping
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