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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Cooks from 18 metro Detroit restaurants will wield spatulas Sunday to compete for the title of best burger at Eastern Market's annual Burger Battle. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Burger Battle competition returns to Eastern Market," 21 June 2018 In one house, a skillet and spatula are still posed on a stove, now filled with ash. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Traces of life trapped beneath volcano’s ash," 13 June 2018 In one house, a skillet and spatula are still posed on a stove, now filled with ash. Rodrigo Abd, Fox News, "AP PHOTOS: Traces of life trapped beneath volcano's ash," 13 June 2018 Use a plastic knife or spatula to release the muffin on all sides before removing. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Picky, picky: Strategies to get your kids (or yourself) to try new foods," 11 June 2018 Using a fish spatula, carefully flip the fish over. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether you call it sablefish or black cod, make this dish as soon as you possibly can," 7 June 2018 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

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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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