It might take more than a scintilla of English vocabulary knowledge to know that scintilla means a tiny bit of something.

Scintilla is a long word for describing a tiny thing. It comes sandwiched between the words a and of in phrases like “a scintilla of doubt” or “not a single scintilla of evidence.” If you’re uncertain of the pronunciation, remember: it rhymes with chinchilla and the c is silent, just like in science. Similar words you can use to talk about tiny bits of something are iota, smidgen, speck, and whit.

Definitions of scintilla
  1. noun
    a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
    synonyms: iota, shred, smidge, smidgen, smidgeon, smidgin, tittle, whit
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    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  2. noun
    a sparkling glittering particle
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    type of:
    particle, subatomic particle
    a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions
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