spat·​u·​la | \ ˈspa-chə-lə How to pronounce spatula (audio) , ˈspach-lə\

Definition of spatula

: a flat thin implement used especially for spreading or mixing soft substances, scooping, or lifting

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Use two large flat spatulas to turn it over, and cook until the other side is browned, about 4 minutes. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "When the fridge is (almost) empty, this adaptable Japanese pancake comes to the rescue," 30 June 2019 One of Florida’s most photogenic birds with its pink and reddish plumage and spatula-like bill, the spoonbill has weathered environmental shifts, even ice ages, dating back to its dinosaur origins. Anders Gyllenhaal,, "For one rare bird, flight from South Florida’s changing climate sparks a surprising revival," 29 June 2019 Anything that wound up in his hands would be used to play hockey, including kitchen spatulas. Jimmy Greenfield,, "5 things to know about Blackhawks first-round draft pick Kirby Dach, including his childhood quirks and wearing No. 77," 23 June 2019 Stir the cream and cheese mixture thoroughly, then pour it into the strainer and force through with a silicone spatula; the sauce should be smooth and creamy after straining. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: The secret to a perfect burger," 18 June 2019 Each student made a meat turner, with a sharp, curled tip to hook a steak, a two-pronged fork that resembled demon horns, and a spatula or shovel — along with matching hangers. Josh Baugh,, "In San Antonio, old-world blacksmithing yields new tools," 17 June 2019 Use a rice paddle or flat, wide spatula to gently mix the rice without crushing the grains. Genevieve Ko,, "Master Class: Michelin-starred n/naka chefs on how to make the perfect onigiri," 13 June 2019 Use a thin spatula or tongs to gently turn them over and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on the second sides, so they are evenly browned. Bonnie S. Benwick, Twin Cities, "For a dose of comfort, make these classic cheese blintzes," 13 June 2019 Add the rhubarb and strawberries and mix gently with a large spatula. Jean Kressy,, "Recipe: Native strawberries and rhubarb bake together in this old-fashioned New England pie," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of spatula

1525, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spatula

Late Latin, spoon, spatula — more at epaulet

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English Language Learners Definition of spatula

: 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.


spat·​u·​la | \ ˈspa-chə-lə How to pronounce spatula (audio) \

Kids Definition of spatula

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


spat·​u·​la | \ ˈspach-(ə-)lə How to pronounce spatula (audio) \

Medical Definition of spatula

: a flat thin instrument for spreading or mixing soft substances, scooping, lifting, or scraping

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