plural -s
chiefly Scottish : splinter
dialectal, British : spar sense 3

Word History


Middle English spelke, from Old English spelc, spilc splint; akin to Old Norse spjalk splint, Middle Dutch spalke chip, Welsh fflochen splinter, Armenian pʽelk long piece of wood and probably to Old High German spaltan split

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“Spelk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spelk. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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