- pl. -·cae Bot. a spike, as of a flower
- Med. a kind of bandage wrapped back and forth with spiral overlapping around parts of a joint
Origin of spicaso named because it marks a sheaf of grain in the virgin's hand in ancient diagrams of the constellation a binary, variable star, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo: magnitude, 0.98
Origin of spicaL, ear of grain, origin, originally , a point: see spike
nounpl. spi·cae or spi·cas
A bandage applied in overlapping opposite spirals to immobilize a digit or limb.
Origin of spicaLatin spīca, ear of grain (from its shape).
A spectroscopic binary star, 245 light years from Earth, one of the brightest stars in the sky and the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.
Origin of SpicaLatin Spīca, from spīca, ear of grain.
(plural spicas or spicae)
- A kind of bandage passing, by successive turns and crosses, from an extremity to the trunk.