See also: Spatula and spatulă


A plastic kitchen spatula for turning and lifting
Spatula for scraping


Borrowed from Latin spatula (a flat piece), the diminutive form of spatha (broad or flat tool), from Ancient Greek σπάθη (spáthē, a broad wood or metal blade). Doublet of spauld; compare spatha and spathe.


  • IPA(key): /ˈspætjʊlə/, /ˈspætʃʊlə/, /ˈspætʃələ/
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spatula (plural spatulas or spatulae or spatulæ)

  1. A kitchen utensil consisting of a flat surface attached to a long handle, used for turning, lifting, or stirring food.
    Synonyms: fish slice, fish trowel, turner, pancake turner, flipper
  2. (Canada, US) A kitchen utensil consisting of a flexible surface attached to a long handle, used for scraping the sides of bowls.
    Synonyms: scraper, dough scraper
  3. (dated) A palette knife.
  4. (chemistry) A thin hand tool, often made of nickel, for handling chemicals or other materials, when weighing, etc.
  5. A croupier's tool for turning up cards in a casino.
    • 1963, Ian Fleming, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
      The croupier delicately faced her other two cards with the tip of his spatula. A four! She had lost!
  6. (entomology) A sclerotized, T-shaped plate in the prothorax of larvae of flies belonging to family Cecidomyiidae, the gall midges.
    • 2015 November 2, Donald B. Thomas; John A. Goolsby, “Morphology of the Preimaginal Stages of Lasioptera donacis Coutin (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), a Candidate Biocontrol Agent for Giant Arundo Cane”, in Psyche, DOI:10.1155/2015/262678:
      The third instars are similar to other members of the genus except for a three-pronged spatula (typically two-pronged) and five lateral papillae (typically four) and with a nonbristled first instar.

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Diminutive from spatha (broad, flat tool) +‎ -ula.



spatula f (genitive spatulae); first declension

  1. a broad, flat piece.
    spatula porcina — "leg of pork".
  2. a little palm frond.
  3. (Late Latin) a scapula (shoulder blade).
  4. (Late Latin) a spoon or spatula (kitchenware).


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative spatula spatulae
Genitive spatulae spatulārum
Dative spatulae spatulīs
Accusative spatulam spatulās
Ablative spatulā spatulīs
Vocative spatula spatulae

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  • Albanian: shpatull (shoulder)
  • Asturian: espalda (back)
  • Catalan: espatlla (shoulder)
  • Catalan: espàtula (spatula)
  • English: spatula
  • French: épaule (shoulder)
  • French: spatule
  • Friulian: spale (shoulder)
  • German: Spatel
  • Greek: σπάτουλα (spátoula)
  • Italian: spalla (shoulder)
  • Italian: spatula