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scintilla

[sin-til-uh] /sɪnˈtɪl ə/
noun
1.
a minute particle; spark; trace:
not a scintilla of remorse.
Origin of scintilla
1685-1695
1685-95; < Latin: spark
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scintilla

/sɪnˈtɪlə/
noun
1.
a minute amount; hint, trace, or particle
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a spark
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Word Origin and History for scintilla
n.

1690s, "spark, glimmer," hence "least particle, trace," from figurative use of Latin scintilla "particle of fire, spark, glittering speck, atom," probably from PIE *ski-nto-, from root *skai- "to shine, to gleam" (cf. Gothic skeinan, Old English scinan "to shine;" see shine (v.)).

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