spatula

noun
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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Stir with a spatula for 3 to 4 minutes to help cool down the mixture. Dallas News, "3 Indian sweets with a twist from our favorite new cookbook 'Milk & Cardamom'," 12 Aug. 2019 Spoon the tomatoes into a fine wire strainer over a bowl, and press them through with a spatula. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Summer sauce: This fish dish highlights the season’s tomato harvest," 24 July 2019 Fold in ½ cup of the pineapple chunks with a spatula. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Priya Krishna reveals her signature recipes," 15 June 2019 Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, whisking constantly and scraping down sides of bowl as needed with a spatula, until eggs thicken and firm up like a custard, with tiny curds throughout, about 15 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Way You’ll Be Making Scrambled Eggs From Now On," 11 Jan. 2019 West Virginia man allegedly huffed paint, beat mother with spatula. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Supreme showdown set for Kavanaugh, accuser; DOJ asked to probe John Kerry's 'shadow diplomacy'," 18 Sep. 2018 Gently mold egg into approximate shape of bread with a spatula. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Place calzones, oiled side down, on griddle and cook until deeply browned, pressing gently with a spatula to create contact with griddle, about 5 minutes. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Breakfast Calzones," 23 Apr. 2018 Process 3/4 cup Gruyère, basil, oil, panko, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in food processor until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl with rubber spatula as needed, about 10 seconds. Washington Post, "Make your stuffed tomatoes next level with this recipe," 29 July 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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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 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

spatula

noun
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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