- 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
Origin of spicaLatin sp&imacron;ca, ear of grain (from its shape).
Origin of SpicaLatin Sp&imacron;ca, from sp&imacron;ca, ear of grain.
(plural spicas or spicae)
- A kind of bandage passing, by successive turns and crosses, from an extremity to the trunk.