Origin of spatulaL, diminutive of spatha, flat blade: see spade
- A small implement having a broad, flat, flexible blade that is used to mix, spread, or lift material.
- Chiefly British A tongue depressor.
Origin of spatulaLatin flat piece of wood, splint diminutive of spatha broadsword ; see spathe .
(plural spatulas or spatulae or spatulÃ¦)
- A kitchen utensil consisting of a flat surface attached to a long handle, used for turning, lifting, or stirring food.
- (North America) A kitchen utensil consisting of a flexible surface attached to a long handle, used for scraping the sides of bowls.
- (dated) A palette knife.
- (chemistry) A thin hand tool, often made of nickel, for handling chemicals or other materials, when weighing, etc.