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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-sik-yuh-luh]
    • /əˈsɪk yə lə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-sik-yuh-luh]
    • /əˈsɪk yə lə/

Definitions of acicula word

  • noun acicula a needle-shaped part, such as a spine, prickle, or crystal 3
  • noun acicula a needlelike spine, prickle, particle, or crystal; esp., an ice crystal 3
  • noun plural acicula a needlelike part; spine, bristle, or needlelike crystal. 1
  • noun plural acicula a plural of aciculum. 1
  • noun plural acicula an acicula. 1
  • noun plural acicula Zoology. one of the slender, sharp stylets embedded in the parapodia of certain annelid worms, as the polychaetes. 1

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Origin of acicula

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
1875-80; < New Latin, Late Latin, alteration of acucula ornamental pin, equivalent to Latin acu-, stem of acus needle (cf. acute) + -cula -cule1

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acicula popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for acicula

noun acicula

  • apex — An Apex or an Apex ticket is a ticket for a journey by air or rail which costs less than the standard ticket, but which you have to book a specified period in advance.
  • mucro — a short point projecting abruptly, as at the end of a leaf.
  • mucronate — having an abruptly projecting point, as a feather or leaf.
  • spike — an ear, as of wheat or other grain.
  • tip — Eugene (Gladstone) 1888–1953, U.S. playwright: Nobel prize 1936.

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