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prickle (n.)

Old English pricel "thing to prick with, instrument for puncturing; goad; small sharp point," from the same source as Old English prician (see prick (v.)) with instrumental suffix -el (1). Compare Middle Low German prickel, Dutch prikkel. From mid-15c. as "point or thorn of a plant," later also used of animal spines.

prickle (v.)

1510s, "to prick slightly," from prickle (n.). By 1855 as "to cause a prickling sensation in." Related: Prickled; prickling.

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Definitions of prickle from WordNet
1
prickle (v.)
cause a stinging or tingling sensation;
Synonyms: tingle
prickle (v.)
make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn;
Synonyms: prick
prickle (v.)
cause a prickling sensation;
Synonyms: prick
2
prickle (n.)
a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf;
Synonyms: spine / thorn / pricker / sticker / spikelet
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