noun /ˈspɪkjʊləm/
a) A sharp, pointed crystal, especially of ice.
b) A sharp, needle-like structure, especially those making up the skeleton of a sponge.

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  • Spiculum — (Latein, kleine Spitze), Plural Spicula, ist ein Ausdruck für: die Skelettelemente der Blumentiere und Schwämme, siehe Sklerit die äußeren Skelettelemente bei Wurmmollusken (Aplacophora) und die inneren Skelettelemente bei einigen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • SPICULUM — a spicae similitudine sic dictum, teli genus apud Romanos fuit, idem Dempstero cum hasta et sparo. Quod enim C. Nepoti in Epamin. c. 9. Sparum seu us, id Valerio Maximo l. 3. c. 2. ex. ext. 5. Hasta; Ciceroni vero l. 5. Famil. Ep. 12. Spiculum… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Spiculum — Spic u*lum, n.; pl. {Spicula}. [L., a little point.] (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Spicule}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spicŭlum — (röm. Ant.), 1) Nadel, womit die Frauen ihre zusammengebundenen Haare durchstachen, meist in Form eines Pfeiles; 2) Spieß, Speer. Daher Spiculatus (Bot.), pikenförmig …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • spiculum — [spik′yə ləm] n. pl. spicula [spik′yələ] [L] a spicule; esp., any of several spinelike organs found in lower animals, as the starfish …   English World dictionary

  • Spiculum — A spiculum is a late Roman spear that replaced the pilum at around 250AD as the infantryman s main throwing javelin. Scholars suppose that it could have resulted from the gradual combination of the pilum and two German spears, the angon and the… …   Wikipedia

  • Spiculum — El spiculum era una lanza utilizada en la época tardía del Imperio romano y que sustituyó al pilum alrededor del año 250 d. C. como principal arma arrojadiza de la infantería. Los estudiosos suponen que podría haber sido el resultado de …   Wikipedia Español

  • Spiculum — Le spiculum est une lance romaine apparue tardivement qui a remplacé le pilum comme principale arme de jet. Les spécialistes estiment qu il pourrait s agir d un croisement entre la combinaison d un pilum et d une arme similaire utilisée par les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • spiculum — /spik yeuh leuhm/, n., pl. spicula / leuh/. Zool. a small, needlelike body, part, process, or the like. [1740 50; < L spiculum; see SPICULE] * * * …   Universalium

  • spiculum — n.; pl. spicula [L. spicula, small spike] Spicular structures, as the spines of echinoderms and dart of certain snails …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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