Definition of prickle in English:

prickle

Syllabification: prick·le
Pronunciation: /ˈprik(ə)l
 
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noun

1A short, slender, sharp-pointed outgrowth on the bark or epidermis of a plant; a small thorn: the prickles of the blackberry bushes
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  • Similar to the color traits, plant prickles were also evaluated for individual organs including stem, leaf, and flower and fruit calyxes.
  • Not everything in the garden is, or should be, lovely - a bit of aggression goes a long way towards introducing drama into the prettiest plot, with spikes, spears, prickles and thorns providing sublime savagery in the flower beds.
  • The thickened lamina and stiffer tissues that make up veins may, therefore, provide increased mechanical support for the leaf prickles of A. spinosa.
Synonyms
1.1A small spine or pointed outgrowth on the skin of certain animals.
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  • The distinctive, colourless animal with white prickles, red eyes and pink feet is being treated with antibiotics at the Withington Hedgehog Hospital on Parsonage Road.
  • A. tuberculata is a Mediterranean species, whose shell is covered with tubercles rather than spines or prickles, and which is another kind with a red inhabitant, well known at Naples as fasolare.
  • The epidermis of prickles was found to be highly lignified and covered with a thick cuticle.
1.2A tingling sensation on someone’s skin, typically caused by strong emotion: Kathleen felt a prickle of excitement
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  • It's difficult to hear that line without feeling a prickle of excitement.
  • I remember the prickle of excitement on my skin when listening to ‘Dookie’ in science class ten years ago; this very nearly brings it all back.
  • She ignored the small prickle of pain, thinking that Apika would surely have an antidote.
Synonyms
tingle, tingling, tingling sensation, prickling sensation, chill, thrill; Medicineparesthesia

verb

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1(Of a person’s skin or a part of the body) experience a tingling sensation, especially as a result of strong emotion: the sound made her skin prickle with horror
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  • Nicole's skin prickled with the emotion that she felt radiating from Jadelyn.
  • I'd regained total control of my body, and now tingled all over as my skin prickled into awareness, but I wasn't nearly as cold.
  • A wave of calmness ran through his body and prickled as it reached the ends of his limbs.
1.1 [with object] Cause a tingling or mildly painful sensation in: I hate the way the fibers prickle your skin
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  • On Tuesday we had a barbeque, the sun prickled my skin and the barbeque filled my stomach, the sky was as blue as Colin Bell's shirt and the beer stopped me from cooking along with the sausages.
  • I rubbed the spot where the burr had prickled him, still talking in his ear.
  • He stopped screaming, but fear prickled his skin and raised goosebumps despite the overwhelming heat.
Synonyms
sting, prick
1.2(Of a person) react defensively or angrily to something: she prickled at the implication that she had led a soft and protected life
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  • All four kids prickled at the detective's dismissal.

Origin

Old English pricel 'instrument for pricking, sensation of being pricked'; related to Middle Dutch prickel, from the Germanic base of prick. The verb is partly a diminutive of the verb prick.

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