Main definitions of spica in English

: spica1Spica2

spica1

Pronunciation /ˈspīkə/ /ˈspaɪkə/

noun

Medicine
  • A bandage folded into a spiral arrangement resembling an ear of wheat or barley.

    bandage, covering, plaster, gauze, lint, compress, ligature, swathe, poultice, salve

Origin

Late 17th century from Latin, literally ‘spike, ear of corn’; related to spina ‘spine’. The current sense is influenced by Greek stakhus ‘ear of wheat’.

Main definitions of Spica in English

: spica1Spica2

Spica2

Pronunciation /ˈspīkə/ /ˈspaɪkə/

proper noun

Astronomy
  • The brightest star in the constellation Virgo.

Origin

Latin, literally ‘ear of wheat (in the hand of the goddess)’.