Definition of nurdle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnərdl/


(usually nurdles)
A very small pellet of plastic that serves as raw material in the manufacture of plastic products.
Example sentences
  • "Mermaids' tears" are small plastic pellets of waste (also known as nurdles) that wash up on beaches and look like plastic fish eggs.
  • Japanese researchers are finding high concentrations of deadly chemicals clinging to floating, tapioca-size plastic pellets called ‘nurdles’.
  • Moore collected baseball-size gelatinous animals called salps and found their translucent tissues clogged with bits of monofilament fishing line and nurdles.


1990s: origin unknown.

Words that rhyme with nurdle

curdle, engirdle, girdle, hurdle

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Syllabification: nur·dle

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