spiculate

spiculate

[spik-yuh-leyt, -lit]
adjective
1.
having the form of a spicule.
2.
covered with or having spicules; consisting of spicules.
Also, spicular [spik-yuh-ler] .


Origin:
1825–35; < Latin spīculātus, equivalent to spīcul(um) (see spicule) + -ātus -ate1

interspicular, adjective
multispicular, adjective
multispiculate, adjective
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spicule (ˈspɪkjuːl)
 
n
1.  Also called: spiculum a small slender pointed structure or crystal, esp any of the calcareous or siliceous elements of the skeleton of sponges, corals, etc
2.  astronomy a spiked ejection of hot gas occurring over 5000 kilometres above the sun's surface (in its atmosphere) and having a diameter of about 1000 kilometres
 
[C18: from Latin: spiculum]
 
spiculate
 
adj

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