AskDefine | Define prickle

Dictionary Definition

prickle n : a sharp-pointed tip on a stem or leaf [syn: spine, thorn, pricker, sticker]


1 cause a prickling sensation [syn: prick]
2 cause a stinging or tingling sensation [syn: tingle]
3 make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn; "The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample" [syn: prick]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A small, sharp pointed object, such as a thorn.
  2. A tingling sensation of mild discomfort.


A small, sharp pointed object, such as a thorn
A tingling sensation of mild discomfort


  1. To feel a prickle.
  2. To cause someone to feel a prickle.

Extensive Definition

In botany, a prickle is a modified extension of the cortex and epidermis into a sharp, needle-like structure. By extension, it can refer to:

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