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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: 'spoon, spatula', from Latin spatha 'spoon, sword', from Greek spathe 'blade'

spatula

noun
     
Related topics: Utensils, Hospital
spat‧u‧la [countable]
1DFU a kitchen tool with a wide flat blade, used for spreading, mixing, or lifting soft substances
2 British EnglishMH a small instrument with a flat surface, used by doctors to hold your tongue down so that they can examine your throat

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