“SPICULE” is The Weekly Word – how would you use this word?

Welcome to this weeks Weekly Word, which is ‘SPICULE‘ and it comes courtesy of JK Bradley’s Friday Fictionners piece FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, almost. When I read his post last week I found the sentence “reticent spicule of urban sprawl” to be incredibly evocative and the word just stuck in my head all weekend.

So, I’d like to challenge you to find an unusual, imaginative or correct usage of the word in a single sentence or a paragraph.

This weeks word is SPICULE, it is a noun pronounced ‘spy-cue-al’

SPICULE means a small slender, perhaps needle like structure or crystal such as that found in the skeletal structure of invertebrates. It can also mean a short-lived vertical jets of hot gas rising from the surface of the sun and extending into the corona

Examples of the word SPICULE

  1. The remnants of tin mines rose like spicules across the landscape.
  2. A single spicule flared out from the sun extending its reach towards the earth.

Origins of the word Spicule

It originally derives from the Latin spīculum  spearhead, arrowhead, bee stinger, equal to spīc ( a ) ear of grain ( see spica) + -ulum -ule. It’s first known use is around 1775–85

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org/

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