Meaning of acicula in English:


(also aciculus, aciculum)

Pronunciation /əˈsɪkjʊlə/

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Zoology Botany
  • A slender spine, prickle, or other needle-like structure; (in polychaete annelids) a chitinous rod forming an internal support for a parapodium.


Late 18th century. From post-classical Latin acicula, lit. ‘small pin’, alteration or variant of acucula from classical Latin acus needle (from a variant (u-stem) of the same Indo-European base as classical Latin aciēs) + -cula.