prickle

A prickle is a thorn or a bramble, a small, sharp place on a plant. When you're climbing over your neighbor's fence to get your Frisbee back, watch out for the prickles on their blackberry bushes!

In addition to "thorny spikes," another meaning of prickle is "a pricking or tingling sensation," like the prickle that runs down your back when you hear the eerie sound of a coyote howling near your campground. To prickle is to create this sensation, a feeling that, like the word itself, is a combination of prick and a tickle.

Definitions of prickle
  1. noun
    a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
    synonyms: pricker, spikelet, spine, sticker, thorn
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    types:
    glochid, glochidium
    a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti)
    type of:
    aculeus
    a stiff sharp-pointed plant process
  2. verb
    make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
    synonyms: prick
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    types:
    needle
    prick with a needle
    type of:
    pierce
    make a hole into
  3. verb
    cause a prickling sensation
    synonyms: prick
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    type of:
    prick, sting, twinge
    cause a stinging pain
  4. verb
    cause a stinging or tingling sensation
    synonyms: tingle
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    type of:
    itch
    have or perceive an itch
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