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.

1515–25; < Latin: a flat piece, batten, equivalent to spath(a) spathe + -ula -ule

spatular, adjective Unabridged
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spatula (ˈspætjʊlə)
a utensil with a broad flat, often flexible blade, used for lifting, spreading, or stirring foods, etc
[C16: from Latin: a broad piece, from spatha a flat wooden implement; see spathe]

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Word Origin & History

1525, from L. spatula "broad piece, spatula," dim. of spatha "broad, flat tool or weapon," from Gk. spathe "broad blade" (see spade (1)). Erroneous form spattular is attested from 1607.
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Example sentences
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.
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.
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