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prickle

[prik-uh l] /ˈprɪk əl/
noun
1.
a sharp point.
2.
a small, pointed process growing from the bark of a plant.
3.
a sharp process or projection, as from the skin of an animal; a spine.
4.
a pricking sensation.
verb (used with object), prickled, prickling.
5.
to prick lightly.
6.
to cause a pricking or tingling sensation in.
verb (used without object), prickled, prickling.
7.
to tingle as if pricked.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English prykel (noun), Old English pricel. See prick, -le
Related forms
unprickled, adjective
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prickle

/ˈprɪkəl/
noun
1.
(botany) a pointed process arising from the outer layer of a stem, leaf, etc, and containing no woody or conducting tissue Compare thorn (sense 1)
2.
a pricking or stinging sensation
verb
3.
to feel or cause to feel a stinging sensation
4.
(transitive) to prick, as with a thorn
Word Origin
Old English pricel; related to Middle Low German prekel, German Prickel
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prickle

n.

Old English pricel "thing to prick with, goad, point," from the same source as Old English prician (see prick (v.)) with instrumental suffix -el (cf. Middle Low German prickel, Dutch prikkel).

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