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Meaning of SPICULE

Pronunciation:  'spikyool

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  small pointed structure serving as a skeletal element in various marine and freshwater invertebrates e.g. sponges and corals

SPICULE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: spiculum
 See Also: appendage, outgrowth, process



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Spic"ule\, n. [L. spiculum a little point, a dart.]
1. A minute, slender granule, or point.

2. (Bot.) Same as {Spicula}.

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any small calcareous or siliceous body found in
   the tissues of various invertebrate animals, especially in
   sponges and in most Alcyonaria.

Note: Spicules vary exceedingly in size and shape, and some
      of those found in siliceous sponges are very complex in
      structure and elegant in form. They are of great use in

            Description of the Illustration:

            a Acerate; b Tricurvate, or Bowshaped; c d
            Hamate; e Broomshaped; f Scepterellate; g
            Spinispirulate; h Inequi-anchorate; i Sexradiate;
            j A Trichite Sheaf; k Six-rayed Capitate; l
            Rosette of Esperia; m Equi-anchorate.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A small, slender, sharp-pointed piece, usually on a surface; a small spike of flowers.