/ˈprɪkəl / (say 'prikuhl)

1. a sharp point.
2. a small, pointed process growing from the bark of a plant; a thorn.
3. any spiny burr, fruit or seed, as a bindi-eye or doublegee.
4. Colloquial a pricking sensation.
5. (of wine) slight gassiness produced naturally by secondary fermentation in the bottle.
verb (prickled, prickling)
verb (t)
6. to prick.
7. to cause a pricking sensation in.
verb (i)
8. to rise or stand erect like prickles.
9. to tingle as if pricked.
{Middle English prykel, Old English pricel, from pric(a) prick + -el, noun suffix}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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