spic·​ule | \ ˈspi-(ˌ)kyül How to pronounce spicule (audio) \

Definition of spicule

1 : a slender pointed usually hard body especially : one of the minute calcareous or siliceous bodies that support the tissue of various invertebrates (such as sponges)
2 : a spikelike short-lived prominence appearing close to the chromosphere of the solar atmosphere

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Other Words from spicule

spicular \ ˈspi-​kyə-​lər How to pronounce spicular (audio) \ adjective
spiculation \ ˌspi-​kyə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce spiculation (audio) \ noun

Examples of spicule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to a press release, the team observed the emergence of spicules while also monitoring nearby magnetic fields. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Millions of Plasma ‘Spicules’ Could Explain the Extreme Heat of the Sun’s Atmosphere," 15 Nov. 2019 According to this new research, the same process could create the much smaller spicules. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Millions of Plasma ‘Spicules’ Could Explain the Extreme Heat of the Sun’s Atmosphere," 15 Nov. 2019 In fact, researchers at his lab released a major model of how the spicules form in 2017. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Millions of Plasma ‘Spicules’ Could Explain the Extreme Heat of the Sun’s Atmosphere," 15 Nov. 2019 The spicules surge thousands of miles high, passing through the chromosphere and into the sun’s corona before collapsing. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "Solving the Scorching Mystery of the Sun’s Erupting Plasma Jets," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of spicule

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spicule

New Latin spicula & Latin spiculum; New Latin spicula, alteration of Latin spiculum head of a spear or arrow, diminutive of spicum, spica ear of grain

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19 Apr 2020

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“Spicule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spicule. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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spic·​ule | \ ˈspik-(ˌ)yü(ə)l How to pronounce spicule (audio) \

Medical Definition of spicule

: a minute slender pointed usually hard body (as of bone)

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