Etymology
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scintilla (n.)

1690s, "spark, glimmer," hence "least particle, trace," from figurative use of Latin scintilla "particle of fire, spark, glittering speck, atom," probably from PIE *ski-nto-, from root *skai- "to shine, to gleam" (source also of Gothic skeinan, Old English scinan "to shine;" see shine (v.)).

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Definitions of scintilla

scintilla (n.)
a tiny or scarcely detectable amount;
Synonyms: shred / whit / iota / tittle / smidgen / smidgeon / smidgin / smidge
scintilla (n.)
a sparkling glittering particle;
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