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spiculum

[spik-yuh-luh m] /ˈspɪk yə ləm/
noun, plural spicula
[spik-yuh-luh] /ˈspɪk yə lə/ (Show IPA).
Zoology
1.
a small, needlelike body, part, process, or the like.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < Latin spīculum; see spicule
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spiculum

/ˈspɪkjʊləm/
noun (pl) -la (-lə)
1.
another word for spicule (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: small sharp point, from spica
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