spatula

noun
spat·u·la | \ˈspa-chə-lə, ˈspach-lə\

Definition of spatula 

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

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Remove the potatoes using a spatula and transfer to a serving plate. Nick Marino, New York Times, "A Food Artist’s Surprisingly Low-Key Recipe (That She Eats With Her Hands)," 2 July 2018 Use a spatula to turn over the bread/egg slices and cutouts, if using, cook for 1 minute more, so the white is cooked but the yolk is still runny. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Eggs in a hole, French edition," 12 June 2018 Add chocolate and, using a large rubber spatula, fold into egg-white mixture. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chocolate Meringue Layer Cake," 6 Mar. 2018 Heat on medium-high heat, occasionally stirring with a silicone spatula for about 3 to 4 minutes. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 Skin spatula devices show a milky, oily liquid coming out of pores. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The "Skin Spatula" Device Is Going Viral as a Blackhead Treatment," 6 July 2018 Spread the mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheets, flattening it with the back of a spatula. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "3 Easy Summer Campfire Recipes Your Entire Family Will Enjoy," 22 June 2018 Today, Euler’s formula is a tool as basic to electrical engineers and physicists as the spatula is to short-order cooks. Siobhan Roberts, WSJ, "An Euler Bookshelf: No Ordinary Genius," 22 June 2018 The slight 66-year-old stands over the A’s grill wielding a spatula, a hairnet stretched over her dark bun and a red apron around her waist, waiting for her son to put her out of a job. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018

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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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spatula

noun

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.

spatula

noun
spat·u·la | \ˈspa-chə-lə \

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

spatula

noun
spat·u·la | \ˈspach-(ə-)lə \

Medical Definition of spatula 

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

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