Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A hard, pointed projection on part of a plant or animal; a spine or prickle.
needle, quill, bristle, barb, spike, prickleView synonyms
- ‘Some of the fibres are thickly covered with extremely minute spicula, occasionally aggregated into little tuffs; and hence they have a hairy appearance.’
- ‘In certain genera with a simple spike this is clearly proved by the structure of the terminal flower or spicula.’
- ‘The prickly ash is armed with spiculae, like the locust.’
- ‘Others are barbed like the spicula of a bee's sting.’
- 1.1A sharp-pointed crystalline structure.
- ‘The calcareous matter beneath the lava, and especially that forming the crystalline spicula, could not have been subjected to the effects of a passing stream.’
- ‘We have only to suppose, the particles which are employed in crystallization, to be endowed with a tendency to form spiculae.’
- ‘The spiculae of hoar frost were of all lengths, from an inch downward.’
- ‘The frozen moisture may fall in spiculae or crystals of ice.’
Mid 18th century: modern Latin, diminutive form of Latin spica spike.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.