Definition of spatula noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈspætʃələ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspætʃələ//
    In the kitchen
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  1. 1 a tool with a broad flat blade used for mixing and spreading things, especially in cooking and painting See related entries: In the kitchen
  2. 2 (especially North American English) (usually British English fish slice) a kitchen utensil that has a broad flat blade with narrow holes in it, attached to a long handle, used for turning and lifting food when cooking
  3. 3 (British English) (North American English tongue depressor) a thin flat instrument that doctors use for pressing the tongue down when they are examining somebody’s throat
  4. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from Latin, variant of spathula, diminutive of spatha, from Greek spathē ‘broad blade’.
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