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[spach-uh-luh] /ˈspætʃ ə lə/
an implement with a broad, flat, usually flexible blade, used for blending foods or removing them from cooking utensils, mixing drugs, spreading plasters and paints, etc.
Origin of spatula
1515-25; < Latin: a flat piece, batten, equivalent to spath(a) spathe + -ula -ule
Related forms
spatular, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spatula
  • Pour the warm mixture on top of the dry ingredients, stirring with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until well coated.
  • Afterward, use a spatula to tap the beaker and loosen the lava from its sides.
  • Granted, on land-where they seldom are-albatrosses walk with a spatula-footed, head-wagging waddle.
  • He waved the spatula about in grand style as he talked real estate.
  • When the wet, pulpy sheets shredded in his hands, my father resorted to the spatula he used for flipping pancakes.
  • You've got to turn the slices occasionally and press the ends down with a spatula to get them to cook evenly.
  • One day before serving, using a spatula, combine the chevre with the sugar until smooth.
  • Each time the spatula lifts the food it shifts to the opposite side of the pan.
  • Drizzle in two tablespoons of olive oil and using a spatula make the mixture smooth.
  • If fish mixture sticks to grate, use a metal spatula to turn sates.
British Dictionary definitions for spatula


a utensil with a broad flat, often flexible blade, used for lifting, spreading, or stirring foods, etc
Derived Forms
spatular, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: a broad piece, from spatha a flat wooden implement; see spathe
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Word Origin and History for spatula

1520s, from Latin spatula "broad piece, spatula," diminutive of spatha "broad, flat tool or weapon," from Greek spathe "broad blade" (see spade (n.1)). Erroneous form spattular is attested from c.1600.

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